The Family film review
Luc Besson’s newest film, The Family stars Robert DeNiro as a former mobster who has turned state’s evidence against his criminal “family”. As a result, he and his own family, the Manzoni’s, have been relocated to Normandy under the Witness Protection Program under the authority of F.B.I. agent Robert Stansfield(Tommy Lee Jones). The problem is the Manzoni’s seem to always bring un-needed attention to themselves by misbehaving so the F.B.I. is running out of places to hide them. When in Normandy, the Manzoni family sets about starting over…….again. The son, Warren (John D’Leo) after some bumps at school with the local bullies, starts operating a criminal enterprise at the school running numbers, extortion, cheating on school exams and all sorts of extra curricular activities, none of them legal. The daughter, Belle (Dianna Agron) has set her sights on the new exchange teacher in school, with her own “extra curricular’ activities. Maggie, the mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) has her own problems just getting used to another relocation. Which brings us to Giovanni Manzoni or Fred Blake as he and his family have been named for this relocation. He claims to be a writer, and he is trying to write his version of his life with Agent Stansfield who is worried what Manzoni will say. Mr. Manzoni….errrr..I mean Mr. Blake also has his own fish to fry with the local water company and the chemical treating plant that sits not too far from the water plant. Meanwhile, the criminal ‘family’ is exhausting all avenues of searching for Giovanni and his family for snitching.