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The Family Stone (2005)

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An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

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Thomas Bezucha

Writer:

Thomas Bezucha
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Julie Morton
Diane Keaton ... Sybil Stone
Rachel McAdams ... Amy Stone
Dermot Mulroney ... Everett Stone
Craig T. Nelson ... Kelly Stone
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Meredith Morton
Luke Wilson ... Ben Stone
Tyrone Giordano ... Thad Stone (as Ty Giordano)
Brian White ... Patrick Thomas
Elizabeth Reaser ... Susannah Stone Trousdale
Paul Schneider ... Brad Stevenson
Savannah Stehlin ... Elizabeth Trousdale
Jamie Kaler ... John Trousdale
Robert Dioguardi ... David Silver
Carol Locatell ... Jeweler
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Storyline

Everett Stone, who made it on Wall Street, returns home for Christmas with his bride Meredith Morton. His ultra-liberal, anti-conventional rustic Connecticut family doesn't exactly warm to the outsider, who despite her best efforts to please prospective in-laws looks, sounds and acts like the conservative bigots they hate, while various Stones have their own problems. Only matriarch Sibyl Stone's unshakable maverick other son Ben gives her a chance, and as Everett won't actively turn against either, she feels more supported by him and a weird romance blossoms. feeling beleaguered, Meredith calls in help from her easygoing sister Julie, who proves no help to her but soon develops a chemistry with Everett, so everything may now shift if they dare follow their hearts. Written by KGF Vissers

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Feel The Love.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,521,027, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$60,062,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,283,851
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Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the dim lighting and indistinct camera angle, audiences frequently assume it is Susanna's daughter Elizabeth who has fallen asleep on Susanna's (Elizabeth Reaser's) lap at the beginning of the Christmas Eve montage. It is, in fact, Amy (Rachel McAdams), which prompts Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) to say, "She's nice like this, isn't she?" in response to Amy's lack of accustomed edge as she peacefully slumbers. See more »

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Some scenes of the Family Stone's "New England town" were actually filmed in the Borough of Madison, NJ. An aerial shot of the town square clearly shows a New Jersey Transit train pulling out of the station, such trains do not run into New England. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stone: I'd want a little black baby.
Everett Stone: You already have a little black baby.
Ben Stone: Can ya dig it!
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References Where the Wild Things Are (1975) See more »

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Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Written and Performed by Elvin Bishop
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Mixed Stone
21 February 2006 | by asalem182See all my reviews

The Family Stone was a mixed bag. It had great acting, laugh out loud scenes, and heart breaking moments, but in the meantime, I felt it didn't know what it wants to be, some of the characters were stereotypes we've seen a hundred times before, and I thought some of things happening were totally unbelievable.

The film tells the story of uptight businesswoman Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) who meets the parents of her boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) for the first time during the Christmas celebrations. From the get go, The Stones don't like Meredith, so she calls her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to come back her up.

The picture didn't know whether it wants to be a slapstick comedy, or a heartfelt drama. One minute we see pratfalls, the next we wee people crying and talking about the freedom of sexual orientation. These fast mood swings really hurt the movie, as it was at its best when it kept the same tone for more than 10 minutes; I was laughing out loud at the Chritmas morning scenes, and I was really touched by the scene between Sybil (Diane Keaton) and Kelly (Craig. T Nelson) in the bed.

The movie had a lot of characters, but unfortunately, only half of these characters were interesting. The best character was Sybil, the loving and strong mother who keeps all the family together. I also liked Everett, the man who wasn't sure of the decision he's going to make. Anyway, there also some stereotypes like Meredith and Amy (Rachel McAdams), the annoying sister who was just there to hurt Meredith. I felt Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser) and her daughter Elizabeth (Savannah Stehlin) were in the picture just to add a cute little girl to the mix. And I think the film could have used more time to give us a better idea of some characters like Julie and Ben (Luke Wison). But it's always a good sign when you wish a film was longer; Frankly, I was entertained throughout the film.

The Family Stone had a great cast, with some actors giving their best performances in a long time, and I'm surprised no one from the cast was nominated for an Academy award. Diane Keaton was terrific as the mother, and her first and last scenes in the movie are truly heartbreaking. And although I'm not a fan of Parker, I thought she pulled of her role quite well. In fact, I think Danes is the only cast member who gave a so-so performance.

So, I'd recommend The Family Stone, but with a cast like this, I can't help but think this film could have been much better.


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