Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me The Family Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. The film is about a former Mob family hiding out in France. They’re actually Americans so I’m not sure why the Feds hid them in Europe. That part wasn’t clear to me. On the positive side, the movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Tommy Lee Jones is also in the movie, but he’s not one of the main characters. The Family is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn six things about The Family Blu-ray Combo Pack.
6 Things About The Family Blu-ray
An American gangster family is relocated to France
The story begins with the Blake family relocating to a small town in France. The Blakes are former gangsters. They are hiding because they snitched on the mob. While the mob is looking for them in the French Riviera, the family is actually hiding out in Normandy. The Feds want the family to blend in and keep a low profile. But the family can’t help but draw attention to themselves. Predictably, the mobsters eventually track them down and the story ends with a shootout.
Gangsterhood runs in the family
Fred Blake is the head of the family and a former member of the Italian mob. But gangsterhood runs in the family. For instance, the wife (Maggie) blows up the local grocery store because she didn’t like the way the French employees were talking about her. Then there’s the daughter, Belle. She beats up a geek with a tennis racket because he tried to hit on her. Finally, there’s Warren, the youngest child. He gets beat up by some bullies at school, but later pays them back a hundred times over.
It’s not a silly comedy
The Family is not a silly comedy. You know what I mean — one of those films where the characters do stupid things for laughs. The Family is actually a light drama with some dark humor. The ending of the story is predictable, but the overall story was decent.
The Family features an awesome foursome
I thought all four of the main characters were awesome and interesting. They were played by Robert De Niro (Fred Blake), Michelle Pfeiffer (Maggie Blake), Dianna Agron (Belle Blake), and John D’Leo (Warren Blake). The film also featured Tommy Lee Jones (Robert Stansfield), Jimmy Palumbo (Di Cicco), Domenick Lombardozzi (Caputo), Stan Carp (Don Luchese), Vincent Pastore (Fat Willy), Jon Freda (Rocco), Michael J. Panichelli Jr. (Billy the Bug), Paul Borghese (Albert), Anthony Desio (Bernie), Ted Arcidi (Tommy), and David Belle (Mezzo). The Family was directed by Luc Besson.
It’s rated R
The Family is rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality. The 136-minute film is probably OK for older kids. There is a sex scene, but no nudity. The R is mainly for bad language and violence.
The Blu-ray includes two special features
In addition to the Blu-ray, DVD, digital and streaming versions of the film, the Family Blu-ray Combo Pack includes two extra features: Making The Family and The Many Meanings of FU*%!
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