The Family

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With a price on their heads, a Mafia insider-turned-informant (Robert De Niro), his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and children (Dianna Agron and John D'Leo) are sent to hide out in a remote Normandy village as part of the witness protection program (supervised by Tommy Lee Jones). Though their bonds with each other are strong, their behavior toward any outsider who displeases them is viciously violent. Director Luc Besson's troubling comedy, adapted from Tonino Benacquista's novel "Malavita," seeks to draw laughs from bombings, beatings and murder. It also portrays, in considerable detail, a 17-year-old high school student's successful campaign to seduce one of her teachers, and treats sacred subject matter with frivolity.

Watch out for: Much harsh and sometimes bloody violence, graphic nonmarital and underage sexual activity, nongraphic marital lovemaking, irreverent humor, numerous mature references, a few uses of profanity, frequent rough and occasional crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013