The Family: movie review

Sep 24, 2013 798

It's too bad we can't take a hit out on "The Family."
This unexciting, unfunny would-be action satire is filled with Italian-American stereotypes, decades-old TV-style Mafia cliches, bits of business that never amount to anything and actors so much better than the hoary, one-joke material.

The trigger for the movie's plot is basically "American mobster relocates to French village." Co-writer-director Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita," "The Professional") doesn't deepen things beyond that and even seems bored by the mayhem he feels obliged to deliver. So this is just "The Whole Nine Yards" with croissants.

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