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Rated R · 111 minutes · 2013

Action, Dark comedy
This thing is just a mess on so many fronts. Director Luc Besson gives us Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer riffing on past mafia movie roles in something that is supposed to be a comedy but winds up being freaking weird. De Niro plays a former hit man relocated to Normandy with his family after ratting on his pals, and Pfeiffer plays his wife. With their two children in tow, they try to make a go of it while Tommy Lee Jones inexplicably pops in every once in a while as the agent assigned with keeping an eye on them (apparently, nobody told the grouchy Jones he was supposed to be in a comedy). Obviously, De Niro has tried to mine his mobster role past with his Analyze This movies. This role requires a more subdued De Niro, except for when his character goes violently psycho. The movie goes for odd laughs and never gets them. It also tries to be a family drama, and in this respect it is insincere. Besson makes good-looking movies, and this one looks OK, but not good enough to cover up the fact that he is working with a shit script and concept.
Director: Luc Besson
Producer: Virginie Besson-Silla, Ryan Kavanaugh, Martin Scorsese and Tucker Tooley
Cast: Robert De Niro, Tommy Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Jon Freda, Jimmy Palumbo and Domenick Lombardozzi

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