Stuart Saves His Family (1995)



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Movie Info

In this comedy, lisping, New Age feel-good therapist Stuart Smalley (a character from the television show Saturday Night Live) loses his job at a cable TV studio and ends up returning home to his distressingly dysfunctional family where he tries to help them get back on track.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Al Franken
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
Paramount Home Video


as Stuart

as Aunt Paula

as Smalley Uncle

as Smalley Uncle

as Smalley Uncle

as Young Stuart

as Young Donnie

as Young Jodie

as Mr. Dimmit

as Ajax Spokesperson

as Roz Weinstock

as Laurie

as Makeover Artist

as Intervention Counsel...

as Madelyn Doyle

as Cousin Ray

as Cousin Denise

as Cemetery Official

as Maitre d'

as Female Diner

as Larry Skoag

as Brad Skoag

as Stan Brunner

as Production Assistant

as Autograph Seeker

as Woman with Subpoena

as Von Arks

as Orville Egeberg

as Merl Egeberg

as Tollefson

as Bailiff
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Critic Reviews for Stuart Saves His Family

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

It isn't good enough, it isn't smart enough, and, doggone it, most people won't like Stuart Saves His Family.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Top Critic

Even if you find Franken hard to bear, as I do, the movie's take on how he functions in the world is both authoritative and compelling, and the movie steadily grows in stature.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Those familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step recovery programme may bond in sympathy. The sentimentality, however, doesn't play.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The plotting is surprisingly banal, involving even talk of a property easement and turning Stuart into the executor of a relative's estate. And the relatives' problems are taken semi-seriously, which is more than this lightweight film can handle.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It was much funnier when we didn't see Stuart's family. And, if we have to see them, it would have been much funnier if they were strait-laced '50s sitcom types.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

All in all, it's a misfire -- but a misfire that's more interesting than a lot of successes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stuart Saves His Family


I liked the Stuart Skit on Saturday Night Live; it's a funny premise of self-help addiction. The movie wasn't too bad, but the characters got a bit annoying.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Wow . . . who woulda thunk it? Stuart Smalley is a memorable character from Al Franken's SNL days. I'm not sure I actually mean "memorable" in a good way here, but Smalley is not easliy forgotten. The SNL episode with Michael Jordan leaps to mind. Here's an impromptu scale for movies that deal with addiction: Ray Milland in Lost Weekend on the heavy end, Jeff Bridges in Big Lebowski on the light end. Franken manages to deal with the problem of addiction in a way that's tipped to the Milland end: very serious, almost too serious, for what would appear to be a comedy. Vincent D'Onofrio . . . may actually be the best job he's done. I'm no fan. Really, flixster friends, not a bad movie at all. Love the picture in front of the Hollywood sign.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

I'm not a fantatic of the Stuart character. This film directed by Harold Ramis was hilarious!
I enjoyed watching the entire movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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