Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Craig
T. Nelson, Luke Wilson, Tyrone Giordano, Brian White, Carol Locatell
Everett Stone wants to bring his girlfriend, Meredith Morton, to meet his bohemian Connecticut family at Christmas. Straitlaced Meredith, feeling she needs backup, asks her sister Julie to come along. Hoping to win the approval of her boyfriend's parents Sybil and Kelly and the rest of the family, instead Meredith succeeds only in highlighting her uptight personality and making Everett doubt his intentions.
This is one of those my family has some issues Christmas movie. Which can make a person relate to this movie more than others. There are many messed up families out there, but this one is mainly just has their own problems. They are a very close loving family that is dealing with their mother's health issues over the past few years. The family is very diverse. You have the successful oldest son, the pot smoking arty son, the daughter that got married and had their grandchildren, the daughter that was still living at home finding herself then you have the gay deaf son and his black partner. Do you any more different types of people in a movie? It is a bit much don't you think.
That was the major problem of the movie. There were just too many people in the movie. There are so many characters in the movie that at times they just become entangled with one another. If they were just one or two children less in the movie would have been better. There were a lot of people that did not really like this movie at all, and I understand why. This movie was so far from reality that you could have included a dragon and trolls to it. If anyone has a family like this at the holidays, you need to run away from them. It is just all weird.
The cast for this movie was great. I saw no problems at all in any of the performances. Some of the characters themselves were not the best or interesting. The character of Meredith had that stupid throat clearing thing that was more annoying than anything else. The mother in the movie was way too dramatic and passionate at times. Some of her reactions were just too much. Everything in the movie just went way too fast. It all happened in a few days right before Christmas. It was all a bit too much at times.
Do not get me wrong. I did like this movie, but I do understand why people did not like it. The movie had its good point and bad ones as well. It is a Christmas movie that is a bit dysfunctional. This is a movie that I think that you should give it a chance. It is not a bad movie at all. It is well worth it. Enjoy.
The Family Stone (2005) Trailer