Robert De Niro plays a snitch, a 'family' member who ratted out, now moves around with his family searching for safe haven, part of a witness protection program for which his contact is Tommy Lee Jones... and with those two in the mix you know it's going to be good.
I only found out afterwards that the movie was directed by Luc Besson (un-subtly mentioned as the credits started to roll), so that's another surefire way of knowing before-hand that it's a great movie!
But of course, watching the movie first and finding out later is much better: it bodes for the pleasant surprise that things turn out better than you expect them to.
It's a comedy with plenty of drama, on the verge of being that form of comedy which you nowadays almost don't define as comedy but rather 'drama'... but there is plenty of satire, comedy through brutality, savage sort of family-friendly fun... and in the end, one nice dose of action to wrap it all up.
The filmography is great, artistic and clean. Luc Besson's experience really shines through here, and I have no complaints about the actors either. They all do a good job, they all have strong personalities and conflicts of their own, and though the story is mainly about the father of the house, the real villain, everyone has a role to play. In the end, they bond as a family, and the journey continues. Might be the right place for a sequel, but I like it for what it was, a story of relationships and life, featuring a rather odd collection of people. It's like just a little slice out of their life, without beginning or end, that tells all you need to know about them: their vices, their bonds; the continual struggle - as a family.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle