Film Review: Trouble with Family
The Family (15A, general release, 111 minutes)
Director: Luc Besson. Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones.
A Luc Besson film is never a bastion of subtlety. When Robert De Niro's character in The Family, a former mob boss hiding out in France, is invited by his adopted town's film club to a Q&A screening of the Frank Sinatra drama Some Came Running, Besson can't help himself. He decides on a last-minute switch to a gangster flick directed by Martin Scorsese. Yes, The Family gets that obvious.
De Niro and wife Michelle Pfeiffer have moved to a sleepy French town at the behest of FBI handler Tommy Lee Jones with strict instructions to behave. Pfeiffer has fun playing the bored mob wife but De Niro fails to get out of first gear. In his defence he – and Jones – seem unsure if The Family is meant to be funny or not.