What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about The Family's violence. Is it all necessary to the story, or does any of it seem excessive? Would its impact be different if the movie's tone was more serious?
- What does this movie contribute to the mob-movie genre? Does it stray from it? If so, how?
- Are any of the characters intended to be role models?