Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Family - Netflix Review

         You may hope that if you have Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones in a move, then the movie has a lot of potential to be a good one.  In this case, I guess you could say that the joke would be on us.  

          I’m not a big fan of mobster movies but at least, you could say that those movies and TV were believable.  In this case, the only thing you could do was check your brain at the door because nothing about this movie was believable or funny.  

          If anything, much of the movie is supposed to be about mobster humor with hopes that we can lure the audience in that is watching the hit show on Netflix called Lillyhammer.   The difference is that this family is moved to Normandy, France, since DeNiro was going under witness protection to testify against a big mobster. 

           Like Lillyhammer, the family needed to adjust to life in France and that would be difficult with this family.  Michelle Pfeiffer would blow up a small supermarket; De Niro would beat up a plumber for being late to an appointment; their daughter would beat up someone with a tennis racquet, and their son would beat up a bully after getting new students on his side in a mobster-like way. 

           Tommy Lee Jones has the smaller part, playing the parole officer who wants to keep De Niro out of trouble but that doesn’t seem possible when De Niro is asked to do a lecture on a movie called yes GoodFellas.  I would say that the laughs just didn’t exist even with that set-up.  

            As you would expect, there would be a showdown between the mobsters and De Niro’s family.  Not too hard to guess who won in an unbelievable way.  So, if you still want to try this movie out, then I would say, it’s fine with me since I’ll give it two stars.  

Ron Hummer 

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