The Family

Rated 3.0

A former mafioso (Robert De Niro), his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their teenage children (Dianna Agron, John D'Leo) are ensconced in the witness-protection program in a small French village, but their inability to keep a low profile exasperates their FBI minder (Tommy Lee Jones). Writer-director Luc Besson may be off the wall much of the time, but at least he's never boring. Here, working with co-writer Michael Caleo from a novel by Tonino Benacquista, he concocts not a movie about gangsters, but a movie about gangster movies—as witness the three stars recycling performances they've given before (De Niro, several times). It's fun to watch them (and Agron and D'Leo) go through the deadpan motions of Besson and Caleo's black-comedy script—as long as we don't take it any more seriously than they do.