In ‘The Family,’ De Niro and Pfeiffer Head a Mob Family

September 13, 2013 4:42 AM

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In ‘The Family,’ De Niro and Pfeiffer Head a Mob Family

So says Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro), a mobster in hiding, when explaining his pathological behavior in Luc Besson’s dark action comedy “The Family.” Giovanni, who ratted out his fellow mobsters to the feds and is now in the witness protection program, has a new identity. Under the name Fred Blake, he has been moved with his family to a village in Normandy. There they face many frustrations, starting with the ancient plumbing.

When Giovanni’s wife, Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), shops and is snidely informed, “We don’t stock stuff like that,” she blithely burns down the supermarket. Maggie is disgusted by the French preference for butter and cream over olive oil. And in the movie’s funniest speech, she rails about the awful ...

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