But there are also wonderful moments, such as a scene when Don Marco is handing out money to people in the neighborhood for an assortment of needs, while they all join in a song titled "Responsibilities," at the end of which he is gathering back all the cash for respectful tribute and such services as protection.

Garzilli has done wonders with the 16 songs, some of which explain themselves with such titles as "Stop the Lies," "What Will Become of Us?," and "You'll Never Catch 'Em . . . Us." Some are more filler than character supplement, though, such as the unaccountable "I'm Minnesota Fats," sung by Don Marco's main capo (Jim Sloan), who is trying to remain anonymous at an airport.

Honor, upon occasion, among thieves; steadfast loyalty, until it turns into betrayal; heartless violence and a touching father-son relationship. The Family has a lot going for it.

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