Luc Besson Has Never Been Funny. That Doesn't Stop Him From Trying With THE FAMILY.

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Luc Besson Has Never Been Funny. That Doesn't Stop Him From Trying With THE FAMILY.
There are many things that French director Luc Besson can claim to be. Funny is not one of them. This may, in part, explain why he thought it a wise idea to cast the also remarkably unfunny Robert DeNiro as the lead in his action-comedy The Family (formerly known as Malavita). Based on the trailer, the end result is about as you would expect.

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni, his wife Maggie and their children Belle and Warren can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones also star but, really, who cares? Aint nobody going to see this when it hits screens.

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Jay SeaverJune 5, 2013 11:50 AM

The Fifth Element wasn't funny?

Todd BrownJune 5, 2013 11:54 AM

Hell no. Made me want to do physical harm to Chris Tucker every time he was on screen.

Rose SmithJune 5, 2013 12:36 PM

lol who writes this shit? And by "this" I mean this idiotic article not the movie.

Todd BrownJune 5, 2013 12:46 PM

That would be me. And I challenge you to name a funny Besson movie.

Art VandelayJune 5, 2013 12:55 PM


Rose SmithJune 5, 2013 12:58 PM

Oh I have no problem with that. But why would you say this: "Aint nobody going to see this when it hits screens". Be more respectful.

Todd BrownJune 5, 2013 12:59 PM

Talk to me after it fails to come anywhere close to making its production budget back at the box office. This is going to tank. I'll happily take bets on that.

Todd BrownJune 5, 2013 1:01 PM

I suppose I should give partial credit for that as he wrote it (though it's hard to say what he really does as a writer on a LOT of the films he's credited as a writer on) and produced. He didn't direct it, though.

Rose SmithJune 5, 2013 1:11 PM

lol you don't seem to know a lot about movies.. Robert De Niro was nominated for an oscar this year, you have both Pfeiffer and Jones in this as well and don't forget the Glee fandom. This movie won't probably be a blockbuster but I'm sure it's not going to tank. "I'll happily take bets on that."

Well what do you expect me to call it? This so-called-article is simply useless.

PushnDownHippysJune 5, 2013 3:59 PM

I would like to say DeNiro has been funny in at least two films. King Of Comedy and Midnight Run. However, he played the straight man in the latter, giving the real punchlines to Charles Grodin

joeJune 5, 2013 7:14 PM

I'm with you. The marketing made it look like a straight sci-fi action movie straight out of the pages of 'Heavy Metal Magazine' with a few Bruce Willis one-liners thrown in for good measure. Not to mention, after 'The Professional', I would have watched Luc Besson go to the bathroom. Then the comedy started. Ug. I didn't know what I was watching... The worst part was, unlike a lot of comedies, if the 'funny' stuff was stripped out, I think it could have been a great film. Maybe it was funnier to French people...?

Art VandelayJune 5, 2013 10:59 PM


Greg FasolinoJune 5, 2013 11:29 PM

No accounting for taste. I love "The Fifth Element" and Tucker's preposterous performance is one of the main reasons why. Ditto for Gary Oldman. The humor in the film was refreshing at the time, when so many bleak sci-fi films were coming out, and keeps it far away from pretentiousness. I don't think I'd care for it very much without the comedic elements.

mercyJune 6, 2013 4:59 AM

The trailer was FANTASTIC!!! Original, creative, very much enjoyable. Especially for those taking psychology courses. This film explores the worst violent features of the human-monster: killing in imagination, having murderous thoughts about other people.

Only now committed literally in a work of fiction. It was hilarious. How quickly businesses and people would end if anybody's thoughts suddenly became a reality.
- Aw.. what are the firefighters doing on the lawn? Oh, look! We lost the noisy neighbors! Booyah!

- Did You get milk?
- Err.. that idiot store owner really got on my nerves yesterday so I blasted him..
- Oh.. but we need milk for the cake!!!!!