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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Family Plan (2023) - Secret Agent Dad

Rating: ★★★☆☆(3/5 stars)

Released 12-15-2023

Watched 12-22-2023

Reviewed 12-26-2023

Watched on Apple TV+

"He could’ve been halfway around the world by now, but here he is, trading his life for the family that abandoned him."

"The Family Plan," featuring Mark Wahlberg as Dan, a former elite government assassin, offers a blend of action and family drama sprinkled with moments of comedy. The plot kicks into gear when Dan's past catches up with him, prompting an impromptu family road trip in their minivan, with Las Vegas as their unlikely destination.

The storyline, while engaging, treads familiar ground. The trope of a parent being a secret spy or assassin has been explored in numerous films, and unfortunately, "The Family Plan" doesn't veer off the beaten path to offer anything particularly novel. However, where it lacks originality, it makes up for it in entertainment value.

Wahlberg's portrayal of a protective father with a lethal past adds depth to the narrative. The dynamics within the family, especially with his teen daughter and son, and the adorable interactions with the 10-month-old baby bring a heartwarming touch to the otherwise tense plot. The scenes of the family navigating various challenges and threats during their journey add a layer of excitement and unpredictability.

The action sequences are well-executed, and the film does a commendable job of balancing high-octane scenes with moments of familial bonding and light humor. However, the plot's predictability and the lack of fresh twists might leave the audience wanting more.

In summary, "The Family Plan" is a fun and worth-the-watch movie, especially for those who enjoy a mix of action and family drama. It may not offer groundbreaking storytelling, but its charm lies in its execution and the strong performances of the cast, particularly Wahlberg. It's a solid choice for a family movie night, provided the kids are old enough for the action-packed scenes.


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