The Family Stone (2005)



Critic Consensus: This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.

Movie Info

A man brings his ice-queen girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his eccentric family. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, the girlfriend begs her sister to join her for emotional support, only to trigger more problems.

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Thomas Bezucha
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2006
Box Office: $59.9M
20th Century Fox Distribution - Official Site


as Julie Morton

as Sybil Stone

as Meredith Morton

as Amy Stone

as Everett Stone

as Kelly Stone

as Ben Stone

as Thad Stone

as Thad Stone

as Patrick Thomas

as Susannah Stone Trous...

as Brad Stevenson

as Elizabeth Trousdale

as John Trousdale

as David Silver

as Jeweler

as Jittery Cashier

as Bartender

as Bus Driver One

as (Voice)

as Bus Driver Two

as Inn Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Family Stone

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41)

I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

a gob of yuletide Play-Doh

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

I loved it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The farcical elements are much too loaded to provide any real fun, and the Stones come off more as sanctimonious, politically correct left-wing prigs than enchanting.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

The movie feels a lot like slacker brother Ben: a little sloppy, mostly predictable, some flashes of poignancy and wisdom, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

What's so refreshing about Thomas Bezucha's The Family Stone is how it plays off of genre expectations and effortlessly switches back and forth between comedy, romance and tragedy.

Full Review… | July 29, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Family Stone


Everett brings his uptight girlfriend Meredith (SJP) home to meet his family at Christmas with disastrous consequences. From the trailer this looks like a funny Christmas movie, but this is not a funny movie. The ending made me sad. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The cast give it their best shot, but they can't save this film from a script full of contrived drama and jarring tone inconsistencies. When the film is trying to be dramatic, it feels like a Lifetime channel movie. The relationships are unbelievable and the family comes across as unpleasant and mean. When the film is trying to be funny, it is humorless slapstick that is usually placed after "serious" moments. The movie is also very blandly directed and the cinematography is TV movie quality. Their is some good acting and a few little laughs but the film does not work as a whole. This movie is not a "feel-good" romantic comedy, it is a "feel-bad" TV movie that somehow missed the Lifetime channel.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Completely underrated! Great film!

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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