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The Family Stone (2005)
IMDb Rating 6.3
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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
Brian J. White Patrick Thomas
Elizabeth Reaser Susannah Stone Trousdale
Plot
For anyone who views holiday gatherings with equal parts joy and dread, The Family Stone offers plenty of comedy to identify with. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha's slapstick premise begins when Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings his fiancé Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his family for Christmas. It's an instant disaster when parents Sybil (Diane Keaton) and Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) agree with their gay, deaf son Thad (Ty Giordano, who is actually hearing impaired), pot-smoking son Ben (Luke Wilson) and daughters Amy (Rachel McAdams) and Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser) that Meredith is way too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Meredith recruits her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to help her thaw the Stone family cold front, and after building a solid emotional foundation for his holiday comedy, Bezucha starts to stack the deck with plot developments that, while heartwarming, border on the absurd. You either go with the movie's flow or you don't, and with this appealing cast (featuring some really nice work by Keaton, Nelson, Parker and Danes) it's easy to forgive Bezucha's unlikely blend of yuletide cheer, petty animosities, and romantic tables turned in the blink of an eye. Toss in a case of terminal illness and you've got a sad-happy tearjerker that works in spite of itself. If you don't recognize at least part of your own holiday clan in The Family Stone, you probably haven't been paying attention. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Thomas Bezucha
Producer Khristina Kravas; Michael London
Writer Thomas Bezucha
Studio 20th Century Fox
Country USA
Language American Sign Language
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 102 mins
Movie Release Date 12/16/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 812
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/24/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 024543234029
Release Date 5/2/2006
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Commentary by Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermot Mulroney
Commentary by director Thomas Bezucha, producer Michael London, editor Jeffrey Ford and production designer Jane Ann Stewart
6 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by director Thomas Bezucha and editor Jeffrey Ford
Fox Movie Channel presents: Casting Session
Fox Movie Channel presents: World Premiere
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Q&A with the Cast at the Screen Actor's Guild Theatre
Outrageous Gag Reel
"Morton Family Strata" Recipe & More!
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