Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Luc Besson, this mafia comedy stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones. On a production budget of approximately 30 million dollars, The Family made about 14 million at the box office on its opening weekend.
There was so much talent behind this project, it’s a shame it turned out the way it did. Robert De Niro plays the same mobster character he’s played plenty of times before, and completely phones it in. I know that with exception to Silver Linings Playbook (2012), De Niro hasn’t had a ton of great roles recently, but it’s still such a shame to see him wasted like this. Tommy Lee Jones essentially plays grumpy cat, a role that is all too familiar to him as well. Michelle Pfeiffer at least goes for an accent, though it’s weird and inconsistent. None of the performances are particularly bad, but none of them are even remotely memorable.
The weakest part of this film however, is its script. It follows a family of mobsters, but splits them up into uninteresting subplots. You go throughout the movie expecting the subplots to come together in some sort of aggravating albeit clever way, but they never do. They serve no purpose to the plot other than filler-time. There are a few fun moments, but for the most part the film just incoherently wanders around.
This film had so much potential, which makes it all the more disappointing that it’s as weak as it is. There’s not much to outright hate about it, but it’s just not a lot of fun. I wouldn’t spend money on it, but if you saw this movie on TV and watched it while you did homework, it might not be the worst thing ever. 3/10.