The Family Stone2005
The Family Stone (2005)
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The Family Stone works hard to warm the cockles of our hearts. The cast is attractive. The sentiments are commendable. But the love Bezucha wants us to feel for the family couldn't possibly compete with the love they already feel for themselves.
I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.
It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.
Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.
A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.
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.
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.
Completely underrated! Great film!
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