The Family Stone

The Family Stone

Thomas Bezucha (2005)

98min
PG Certificate
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After years of acting footloose and fancy free in the wildly popular TV series Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker here takes on a rather more uptight role - albeit still in a comedy. She plays it admirably straight as outsider Meredith Morton, who's brought home for Christmas by boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) where he's planning to propose. But his family (headed by a steely Diane Keaton) are thrown into upheaval, and the reception they give Meredith is as hard as their name suggests. The dearth of likeable characters make this an uneasy experience initially. Only the laid-back Luke Wilson is allowed to shine as the Stone sibling who succeeds in loosening Meredith's morals. That is until writer/director Thomas Bezucha begins to unmask the monsters to reveal a disarming humanity beneath. Except for a few maudlin missteps, the end result is a bold, warm yet sharply funny family portrait.

Summary

New York career woman Meredith Morton struggles to make the right impression on her future in-laws when they meet her over Christmas. She decides to ask her younger sister to join her as moral support, but matters take a turn for the worse over dinner on Christmas Eve, when Meredith's attempts to win the hearts of her hosts only end up driving them - and her fiance Everett - further away. Festive comedy drama, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton, Craig T Nelson and Claire Danes.

Cast & Crew

Meredith Morton Sarah Jessica Parker
Sybil Stone Diane Keaton
Everett Stone Dermot Mulroney
Amy Stone Rachel McAdams
Julie Morton Claire Danes
Ben Stone Luke Wilson
Kelly Stone Craig T Nelson
Thad Stone Ty Giordano
Susannah Stone Trousdale Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Trousdale Savannah Stehlin
Director Thomas Bezucha
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some swearing, sexual references and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 16 Dec 2005

Comedy Drama

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