The Family Stone 2005

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Comedy from the producer of 'Sideways' (2005), this is a story about an annual holiday gathering of an unconventional New England family. Before the holidays are done, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed and the Stone family will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love.

Starring:
Reazer Elizabeth, Tyrone Giordano
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Reazer Elizabeth, Tyrone Giordano
Director Bezucha Thomas
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. It seemed to be your typical light hearted, nondescript comedy but actually delivered a lot more. This follows a family at Christmas as they get to know the fiance `to be' (called Meredith) of one of the sons, even though she is stuck up and ultra conservative and they are a relaxed and liberal household. She eventually ropes her sister (played by Claire Danes) in as emotional support against the sniping of the family but her more relaxed air endears her to them much more than Meredith ever will. Parker plays the uptight fiance perfectly and the warmth and closeness from the rest of the family are what make this film better than average. Diane Keeton is excellent as the mother and Luke Wilson is good as one of the free spirit brothers. This isn't especially groundbreaking or a truly outstanding film, but it achieves what it sets out to very well and offers up an amusing and reasonably heart warming film for those times when you don't want to be overly challenged or to think too hard.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Thompson on 13 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
I'm 60 years old with a short attention span. My wife often complains when watching a film that I fall asleep or go off and do something else. For some reason this film caught my attention and I enjoyed staying with it. I did laugh aloud quite often and found it a thoroughly entertaining couple of hours. I recommend it to others like myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By s_products on 7 Jan 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film, for me, was all about the dynamics of a family. A family which clashes at times, has members which are protective of other members to the point that they keep outsiders are kept out, and also a family unit that is built on an underlying mutual love but not necessary consensus within the family. SJP plays an unusual character with an awkward presence. This awkwardness stays throughout the film, but luckily her eventual pairing with Luke Wilson works in her characters favour as his relaxed composure and attitude to life compensates for her own shortcomings. In this way, `The Family Stone' ends positively, with the family remembering the importance of family and its members as they gather yet again for another xmas the following year, but this time without the `stone' of the family; the mother. All in all an enjoyable film albeit for strange reasons. Try it for yourself; you may love it as I did :D
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mel on 7 May 2006
Format: DVD
I bought this film as i thought that it would be a relaxing romantic comedy. As i watched it i felt confused as siblings changed partners and you soon found out the mother was terminally ill. It was a very good film but was advertised as a rom com when it was much more serious and deep
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2006
Format: DVD
No, "Family Stone" isn't about the legendary funk band. Or the legendary rock band. Maybe it would have been more fun if it had been -- even if it wouldn't exactly be a heartlukewarming Christmas picture, with the required happy (and sad) endings, and all the characters one would expect in a twenty-first-century "family" movie.

Staid yuppie Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) is about to pop the question to his uptight girlfriend Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), using the "family stone," an heirloom engagement ring. But when he takes her to visit his family for Christmas, it turns out that his sister has managed to poison the entire clan against his might-be-fiancee.

Soon abusing Meredith has become the family's new pasttime, and even Everett is starting to have second thoughts about proposing. Meredith's only confidantes are her sister (Claire Danes) and Everett's easygoing brother (Luke Wilson). Tension builds as Christmas approaches, and several surprising secrets come out...

Black comedies are always great if done right -- Wes Anderson's work is a prime example, with twisted, alienated families and the wrong words spoken at the right time. "Family Stone" aims for the same target, but misses -- it's simply too cruel and illogical to be funny or amusing. Even "Monster-In-Law" gave its cruel in-law a reason to be cruel.

Most of the humor comes from abusing Meredith, and if she were as twisted as the Stones seem to be, then it might be darkly amusing. But she seems nice, if stiff, and so there are no laughs, especially since the Stones have no reason to dislike her. They welcome Patrick, their deaf son's boyfriend, so why not Meredith? Because her hair is pinned back too tightly?
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pete Kendricks on 21 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
A real, good, old fashioned family Christmas film, with a beginning, middle and end. The usual mix ups and a fairly predictable outcome. This film has a good cast, believable family situations, pathos, humour and good-guy, bad-guy characters. Above all it is a feel-good family Christmas film, and I for one enjoyed it immensely.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
Despite some lukewarm reviews from the movie press i found this bittersweet comedy/drama an absoloute gem of a film.The film takes place at Christmas time and centres around the aforementioned Stone Family - Diane Keaton,Craig T Nelson,Rachel McAdams,Dermot Mulroney and Luke Wilson.Mulroney's fiance played by Sarah Jesica Parker is invited to the Stone family home for Christams and that is the que for all manner of personality clashes between the very prissy Parker and the very down to earth Stone Family.
There are great turns from all concerned especially Parker and also by Claire Danes as Parker's younger sister. Diane Keaton is excellent as always in this sort of light comedy setting and Luke Wilson plays a loveable slob with aplomb.
Yes you can probably guess that the ending is a bit predictable and things get a little sentimental and slushy but this is just the sort of film for that festive season to give you a warm glow all over.A real treat to watch with those you love.
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