Film: Malavita

2013 Franco-American film directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France, under the witness protection program. Just like all the other attempted relocations, fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. But the mafia soon comes calling, intending to finish what they started.

The film has been renamed to The Family for international release.

The film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: Maggie M'anzoni. After the family assumes the Blake surname as an alias, Belle fills this trope.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The film ends with the Manzonis forced to relocate to another town while Fred remarks that he now has to rewrite his memoirs.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Belle's confession to her math teacher
  • Asshole Victim: See the second bullet on Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Attempted Rape:
    • It is implied that one of the henchmen was going to do to Maggie than kill her before Giovanni stepped in.
    • The French boys from Belle's class pull this on her before she pulls a tennis racquet on them.
    Classmate: "It's just five minutes to get to know each other better."
  • Badass Family: Especially since they were formerly part of the mafia.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Agent Stansfield, in a way. He's completely exasperated at having to relocate the Manzoni family all the time because they keep blowing their cover.
  • Black Comedy
  • Celebrity Paradox: Fred/Giovanni ends up giving his opinion on the film Goodfellas. The fact that he happens to look identical to one of the actors of the film isn't addressed.
    • Well, it is, as Stansfield refers to it as "one of the family's home videos" and tries to get them to leave.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Warren writes a small English wordplay quip that he heard from the old mob boss as a child for the student paper, which is then published and spread across the town, then taken to America by a father on a business trip, then tossed in the trash, then rescued from the dump truck, and used to wrap a bottle of wine delivered to the mob boss. He uses this to find the family in the climax.
  • Cute and Psycho: Belle is a cute blonde teenager. She's also scarily proficient with guns and beats the crap out of a sleazy boy with a tennis racket. However, she does end up breaking down crying after barely escaping getting killed.
    Warren: You're a maniac.
    Belle: Thank you.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Belle beats the shit out of her attempted rapist using a tennis racquet.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Manzoni family's speciality.
    • Giovanni, not happy with the state of the water supply in town, sets about to rectify the problem. He brutally beats up the plumber who tries to extort him and drags the CEO of the local chemical plant along behind his car when the man interrupts him. Giovanni finally settles the water issue by blowing up the turbines at the local chemical plant with dynamite.
    • Maggie asks for peanut butter at the local supermarket. After informing her that there is none and brushing her off, the shopkeeper goes on to gossip in French with a few other patrons about how stupid, entitled, and obese all Americans are. She overhears them and the supermarket blows up shortly after she walks out.
    • The kids' behaviour, whilst extreme, is seemingly justified in the case of Warren when he's kicking the shit out of the jocks who did the same to him just for being the new kid and maybe not far enough in the case of Belle breaking a tennis racquet all over a kid and taking his friend's car because they tried to rape her! As seen later, for her sex is Serious Business, so it's surprising she didn't go further. Of course, they do enjoy punishing people a little too extremely at other times.
  • Driven to Suicide: Averted with Belle. She was all ready to jump from the roof over her broken heart, until she saw the killers coming to take out her family.
  • Eagleland: Discussed and invoked. Many people were not fond of "the Blakes" due to them being American.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Especially when they look like Diana Agron or Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • The Family That Slays Together
  • Family Title: Literally in some international releases.
  • French Jerk: A few of the characters the titular family encounter throughout the film.
  • Girly Bruiser: Belle. Presumably Maggie as well.
  • Going Commando: Belle's seduction scene includes this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The entire family is guilty of this, which is why they tend to relocate so often because they blow their cover.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: In part of the Strong Family Resemblance, Giovanni and Maggie's hair colors respectively matches that of their son and daughter.
  • Here We Go Again: The family relocates once again at the end of the film.
  • High School Hustler: Warren wastes no time bribing, stealing and blackmailing his way around school. However, this does land him a disciplinary hearing in front of the school board.
    Warren: I want to see my lawyer.
  • Hot for Teacher: Belle falls for the young, handsome math teacher.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Giovanni writes his memoirs throughout the movie.
  • Jail Bait: Belle. Has mild shades of Fille Fatale as well. This is only in-universe, as this is a case of Dawson Casting.
  • Just for Pun: "Son of a bitch", followed by the male dog whimpering.
  • Kick the Dog: The mobsters sent to kill the Manzoni family blow up the house, and find the family dog still alive. One of them tries to get another one to shoot it, since the boss did say "kill the whole family". Fortunately, Belle comes in just in time.
    • The Dog Bites Back: Ironically, the very same mobster who tried to have the dog shot then ends up attacked by the dog when he falls next to him.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Belle. Warren is an inverted example.
  • The Mafia
  • Renamed the Same: While the Manzonis changed their last name to "Blake", they didn't even bothered to change their respective given names.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The mobsters leave a path of carnage across France trying to find the Manzonis.
  • She's Got Legs: Belle in her little sundresses.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Belle and Warren are the spitting images of their parents, Maggie and Fred. Warren even has a mole just like his dad.
  • Title Drop: "Family" a lot, and when Fred is talking to the dog he calls it "Malavita"..
  • Virgin in a White Dress: Belle wears a floral white sundress in two crucial scenes that regard her virginal status - when she violently prevents the town's local douchbags from raping her, and in her love scene with the math teacher, where she loses her virginity.
  • Witness Protection: Although it's made clear that the family is less than pleased with the constant moving around due to their old mob habits blowing their cover.

Alternative Title(s):

The Family

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