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Film: Malavita
aka: The Family

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at the dump 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.
  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The entire family is guilty of this, which is why they tend to relocate so often because they blow their cover.
  • 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.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Giovanni writes his memoirs throughout the movie.
  • 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.
  • The Mafia
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The mobsters leave a path of carnage across France trying to find the Manzonis.
  • 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.
  • Type Casting: Robert De Niro is a mafioso, once again. This time, he's an old-school gangster in Witness Protection. However, he gets to parody this role in a way since the film is a comedy.
  • 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.
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alternative title(s): The Family
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