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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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  • 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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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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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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A lot better than expected to be honest. Slightly convoluted storyline that only just works at times but the cast is very good throughout. One particular stand out sequence set in the Kitchen halfway through the film was really hilarious and memorable but there we're other moments of quality as well. Very enjoyable.
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There are so many Christmas films that we love like It's A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Meet Me In St Louis and even Holiday Inn. The only two modern films about Christmas that for me rank up there for a truly Christmas experience are Arnaud Desplechin's Conte de Noel and The Family Stone. There is something timeless about this film with its beautiful New England landscapes and very real characters beautifully acted. I just believe in them all as a family. I am afraid that this is my second copy as I must have worn the first one out. I do try to only see it after December 6th but quite often fail. This film will become a classic and deservedly so.
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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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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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I thought that this film would be formulaic but it surprised me. Yes, there are common themes, but two things, the fascinating character played by the under-rated Sarah Jessica Parker, in an excellent performance, and, as always, Diane Keaton make this very watchable. Festive fun.
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By EA 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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