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The Family Stone

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Thomas Bezucha
  • 98 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Meredith MortonSarah Jessica Parker
Sybil StoneDiane Keaton
Everett StoneDermot Mulroney
Amy StoneRachel McAdams
Julie MortonClaire Danes
Ben StoneLuke Wilson
Kelly StoneCraig T Nelson
Thad StoneTy Giordano
Susannah Stone TrousdaleElizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth TrousdaleSavannah Stehlin

Crew

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DirectorThomas Bezucha

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2005-12-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Some swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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