The Family

2013 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Family

2013 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD
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The Manzonis, an infamous mob family, are relocated to Normandy, France, by the witness protection program, where they have some difficulty fitting in. When local problems arise, they respond the only way they know how: mafia style.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.39:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.39:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Family is a mix of comic hijinks, mobster violence, and, to a lesser extent, melancholy. Because it's about an ex-mob boss (now in the Witness Protection Program), there are many scenes filled with Mafia hit jobs, with varying degrees of violence, from smacks to beatdowns to fatal shootings and explosions. Expect plenty of strong language, too, particularly "f--k" (the word's supposed ability to express so much is a running theme), and a scene in which an adult beds a teenager (no sensitive body parts shown, but it's clear they're having sex). Some drinking, smoking, and product placement as well.

Sexual Content

One scene shows an older man having sex with a high school student; no sensitive body parts are visible, but it's clear that they're having intercourse. Sexual innuendoes between a married couple.


The movie's mood is often comic, but there's nearly an endless parade of scenes showing mobsters (and their families) avenging themselves or exacting punishment, including beating others with tennis rackets, bats, and other implements; dragging people down the street by a rope; shooting them point blank; blanketing them with bullets from semi-automatics; planting and exploding bombs; etc. The (rough) opening scene sets the tone: A family is sitting down for dinner when there's a knock at the door; when the father goes to open it, he's blasted across the floor. Then the man at the door walks in and point-blank shoots the mother and the two children.


Many uses of "f--k." Also "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," and "sonofabitch."

Social Behavior

There's nothing like family to make things better, even if they're wacky (or just busy whacking somebody).


Products/brands seen include Peugeot, Citroen, and other French brands, plus Coca-Cola, BMW, Cadillac, and Brother.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some wine-drinking and cigarette smoking. Although one kid is said to run the cigarette concession at her school, she's not shown smoking. Giovanni's son fakes an injury to get to the school nurse's office. While there, he steals two vials of prescription drugs (pills) and deals them to a student.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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