In between bouts of being "Taken," Luc Besson found the time to write and direct mob comedy "The Family." Here, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play a married couple in the witness protection program who, along with their children, can't seem to stay away from crime and mayhem. Their put-upon CIA agent, played by Tommy Lee Jones, has to uproot and replant the Manzonis every 90 days, given the shenanigans they get up to wherever they go.
Finally, the family ends up in France, under the name Blake. Of course, that doesn't stop Maggie (Pfeiffer) and Fred (De Niro) from getting into trouble; Fred beats the crap out of their plumber, and Maggie blows up the supermarket when the employees there are rude to her. The apples don't fall far from the tree, either. Their daughter (Dianna Agron) is quite handy with a tennis racquet, but she'll make do with whatever's near if someone needs a beating. Meanwhile, their son (John D'Leo) is hustling the other students for cash.
"We're not in Brooklyn anymore," grumbles Fred. Of course, it looks like Brooklyn is coming to them.
De Niro and Pfeiffer made their names with mob movies like "The Godfather," "Casino," "Scarface," and "Married to the Mob," so this is familiar territory. Eagle-eyed viewers might see a callback or two in this trailer to their earlier films.
"The Family" will be coming to you on September 20.