Jun 05

TRAILER: Robert De Niro Stars in a Schizophrenic Luc Besson Mob Comedy

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Depending on who you’re talking to, I’m pretty sure we can agree that Comedic Actor Robert De Niro is nowhere near as good as Dramatic Actor Robert De Niro. The sobering thing is that it’s been such a long time since he’s been truly great in a movie. There’s an entire generation of new movie fans who only know him as the grimacing man from the Fockers movies.

As fans of his work, we’re desperate for him to collaborate with Martin Scorsese again: it would be a dream to see the two of them work on a movie set in the world of organised crime!

Well, seek and Luc Besson shall provide…

…in the form of The Family, his new ‘dark comedy’ executive produced by Scorsese. Although by the look of the trailer, it’s going to be a closer to Analyze This than Goodfellas.

De Niro plays a Mafia boss who rats on his associates and has to enter the witness security program (run by Tommy Lee Jones). Along with his wife and kids (Michelle Pfeiffer, Glee’s Dianna Agron and some other dude), he gets sent to a quiet village in rural Normandy.

Big city gangsters? In a small town, full of snooty French people? Sounds like a comedy! Well, except for the fact that the trailer doesn’t really contain too many punchlines. Unless you count the lines that end in people getting punched by De Niro’s family. Or getting run over by their car. Or getting shot to death.

Let us know what you think about this trailer and leave us a comment in the box below!

The Family washes up on our shores November 8th

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