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4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast in a pleasant and bittersweet Christmas film, 2 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Family Stone, The [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Diane Keaton is wonderful as the laid-back mother in a long and happy marriage. Sarah Jessica Parker is also excellent as the uptight Meredith who is trying in vain to get along with her boyfriend Everett's ultra bohemian and laid-back family.

The acting, in general, is believable if (inevitably) stereotyped There's some slapstick in the kitchen, which is quite well done, even if it mostly made me wince rather than laugh; there are one or two amusing moments, and also some surprisingly heart-wrenching subplots which I was not expecting.

It was appropriate to watch at this time of year as the theme is Christmas; some secular Christmas songs are included, as is a great deal of snow and general festive decorating. While it wasn't the greatest film I've seen, it makes a good addition to our collection, and is a little different from the average `rom-com'.

The rating is 12 in the UK, which seems about right; there's no violence or anything overtly sexual, nor any seriously bad language, but there are plenty of innuendoes and sexual references. I am slightly surprised to find that the usually more prudish US censors have awarded this a PG rating. However, I very much doubt if anyone under the age of about 15 would be interested in this anyway.

The usual special feature are included - commentary, deleted scenes, and more.
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