Robert De Niro is a natural as a mobster whether it’s a gritty portrayal like 1990 mob classic “Good Fellas” or his upcoming comedy “The Family.” A new trailer for the latter features Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, and “Glee” star Dianna Agron in a hilarious mafia send-up.
This time, De Niro is no stand up guy.
His character Giovanni Manzoni rats on his crime associates and must go in the federal witness protection program. He’s relocated to the south of France, with his wife (Pfeiffer) and two kids. They’re sort of like the coneheads in reverse. Needless to say, they have trouble adjusting to their new life.
“Welcome to France; try to fit in,” deadpans Giovanni’s handler played by Tommie Lee Jones. “I’m getting tired of trying to find you a new place to live every 90 days.”
Giovanni is torn between his love for his old life as an “untouchable,” his decision to snitch and his new life in a place that’s as far from Brooklyn, his old stomping ground, as you can get.
The movie is based on the book “Badfellas” by Tonino Benacquista. He chronicles the family as the change their names to Blake and move into the Cholong-sur-Avre region in Normandy.
Fred Blake tells everyone he is there to write a history of the Allied landings in World War II. Instead, they’re more like the invasion.
His wife, Maggie, is still used to the perks of being a mob wife and his kids are bored to death. Maggie exacts revenge on the snooty local grocer by burning down his store. Son Warren (John D’Leo) runs all the rackets at school and daughter Belle is a ball buster.
Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese have infused the movie with humor, pathos and even some tense drama. Check out the trailer below. The film opens in September. Don’t forget to follow TheImproper on Twitter for all the latest film updates.