4 Reasons Why It's Great to Be in a Mob Family

As Robert De Niro's latest mafia drama, The Family, hits theaters, we wonder if having a Godfather is as cool as it looks onscreen

Just when Robert De Niro thought he was out, they pull him back in! The actor, who has played a mobster in half a dozen films (including The Godfather: Part II, Goodfellas and Analyze This), returns to a life of crime in the new film The Family. More accurately, he's trying to escape a life of crime, hiding out in France with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two kids, who all must learn to live like ordinary civilians. Watch the trailer below!

We understand that actual mob life isn't so glamorous, but TV and movies have worked hard to convince us otherwise. With that in mind, here are four reasons why it seems pretty great to be in a mob family.

You never go hungry. No meal is complete without at least two courses, bread, and plenty of wine -- as this scene from Goodfellas will attest.

You have lots of funny uncles. Oh, Uncle Junior, always getting into hijinks! When he's not trying to kill his nephews, that is. (Warning: strong language. It's The Sopranos, whaddaya want?)

You get your own personal Santa Claus. Every time there's a wedding or baptism in The Godfather, Don Corleone allows family members to come to him with requests. All he asks in return is a mysterious favor in the distant future. It's just like Christmas! But ominous!

One word: Diamonds. Big Ang from Mob Wives has the right idea. 

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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