Parents' Guide to

The Family

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Funny but imperfect mob comedy has violence, language.

Movie R 2013 111 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Not bad

I thought the blonde girl was cool and mature and knew how to take care of herself good movie.

This title has:

Great messages
age 9+

Very good

I had a blast with my 9 year old son I think if you talk to your child through the movie and explain how actual things work it is fine to watch it.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (7):

Here's the viewing trajectory for THE FAMILY: It starts briskly and violently, and knowing that Luc Besson is at the helm, you get ready for a bracing yarn. (Plus, it's tons of fun to see Pfeiffer married to the mob again.) But all too soon, the pacing goes slack. The movie starts to digress, to linger a little too long. You get the urge to check your watch. (There's a little too much about how the kids are doing at school, for instance; it would be better to spend more time with De Niro's compelling Giovanni.)

But then there's another shift after the movie's midpoint. What seems like yet another superficial dramedy about snitching on the Mafia takes on a subtle melancholy; it turns into a meditation on change (or the inability to truly embrace it). The people we leave behind won't let us; the future doesn't seem half as much fun. And when the body count piles up in the end, you're definitely no longer in a stupor, lamenting the film's meandering ways. By then, it's all come to a focus -- and sharp one at that.

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