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Nothing new in prejudicial mob film "The Family"

Chicago Sun-Times, September 16, 2013.

Robert DeNiro in The Family Richard Roeper needs a thesaurus. In his review of Robert De Niro in "The Family," Roeper describes the film as "different."

Really?

De Niro plays the same type of mob character he played in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That." Michelle Pfeiffer plays the same mob wife she played in "Married to the Mob" in 1988. Vincent Pastore and Dominic Chianese play the same dumb thugs they played in "The Sopranos." The fact that Hollywood released this film right now is particularly offensive, for two reasons: 1) A month ago, Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was convicted of crimes against humanity; he was not Italian; and 2) Bill De Blasio just won the Democratic primary in New York and is poised to become New York's next mayor. De Blasio's original surname is Wilhelm; he changed it to DeBlasio to honor the Italian mother and Italian grandparents who raised him. "The Family" is prejudice masquerading as entertainment. An ordinary dictionary has a simple word for it: garbage.

Bill Dal Cerro,
Chicago Office,
Italic Institute of America

 
 
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