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The Family Stone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Mrs. Parker acting is so over the top and confusing, that it makes you feel she starts in three roles in one movie. The story lines are either underdeveloped or overdeveloped. Bad, bad, bad¿and boring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stereotypical Hollywood garbage

    This movie introduces the audience to a family that is struggling to accept one son's choice for a mate when she is introduced over a Christmas holiday. The family is fashioned right from the Hollywood boilerplate: Parents consent and partake in illegal drugs. Homosexuality is advocated. Parents have explicit discussions about sex with their adult children and in the presence of minors. If you have traditional values and believe in a functional family unit you do not want to see this movie and you do not want your children to see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel the Intolerance

    This movie was painful and annoying. I only watched it to the end because I kept hoping it would get better. No such luck. Due to the cast and the tv ads, I had high hopes of being entertained by a warm-hearted holiday comedy. Unfortunately, the film was awful and the family portrayed was a horrible group of mannerless philistines. The plot is simple: Everett (Dermot Mulroney) is taking his nervous girlfriend, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), to his family home for Christmas. He plans to ask his mother for his (previously promised) grandmother’s ring in order to propose to Meredith. Meredith is an uptight, narrow-minded, over-achiever. Everett, starts out likable enough, but allows his insensitive family to drive Meredith from their home to a nearby inn. Everett’s attention quickly turns from Meredith to her sister, Julie (Claire Danes), from the moment she arrives—at Meredith’s request—to comfort her sister. Julie appears strongly attracted to Everett in return, although she struggles not to come on to her sister’s guy. One of Everett’s brothers, Thad (Ty Giordano), is deaf and gay. His partner is Patrick (Brian White), a black man who— somewhat stereotypically—seems to do nothing but cook in the Stone’s kitchen. Wow, gay, deaf, and interracial! Anyone who would say anything against Thad must be a homophobic bigot who’s insensitive to the physically challenged. (Go ahead … I dare you.) I kept waiting for Thad to walk on water or something. Although it’s obvious upon their first meeting that Everett’s other brother, Ben (Luke Wilson), is going to make a move on Meredith, he is a more affable character because of his relaxed style. (Though one is never quite certain whether he’s naturally easy-going or it’s a result of all the pot and alcohol he consumes.) Everett has two sisters. Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser) arrives in an advanced state of pregnancy, accompanied by her young daughter. Susannah’s husband has to work over the holiday, so she has chosen to spend Christmas at her parents’ home. (Presumably, her husband will be celebrating alone at home with a frozen dinner.) The other sister, Amy (Rachel McAdams), is the only family member who has previously met Meredith. Amy is angry, petulant, and appears to have confrontational relationships with almost everyone. She detests Meredith and biases the rest of the family against Meredith before they even meet her. Craig T. Nelson, as Kelly the clueless and ineffectual father, seems decent but somewhat pathetic because he is content to kowtow to his wife. This brings us to Everett’s mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), who is truly a monster. We can tell she’s progressive because she makes jokes about her son smoking pot and is disdainful when Meredith is uncomfortable about sharing a room with Everett. Instead of demonstrating any graciousness toward her guest, Sybil acts as if it is a great inconvenience to give Meredith Amy’s low-ceilinged room and allows Amy to behave belligerently toward Meredith. Sybil is so self-centered that her idea of a witticism is to claim she wishes all her sons were gay so they wouldn’t leave her. (Jocasta complex, anyone?) In trying to control her daughter Amy, she casually tells Meredith—whom she has barely met—the identity of Amy’s first lover in very crude terms. (Maybe there’s a reason Amy is so angry.) When Meredith (not knowing it is forbidden) sets canned goods and ingredients for a breakfast dish she is preparing on Sybil’s kitchen desk, Sybil vents her displeasure like a concentration camp Kommandant, outraged that someone has dared to defile her space. When Sybil promised to give Everett her mother’s ring at the time he was ready to marry, she negl

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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