The Family Stone

  • PG
  • Thomas Bezucha (2005)
  • US
  • 98 min
The Family Stone
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney and Diane Keaton. New Yorker Meredith Morton is thrilled at the prospect of a New England Christmas with the family of her adoring boyfriend Everett, but she is in no way prepared for the most hostile of receptions awaiting her.

Cast and 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


Thomas Bezucha

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some swearing, sexual references and drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 16 Dec 2005
Certificate PG
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.