Family Stone

Family Stone

3.9 27
Director: Thomas Bezucha

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Dermot Mulroney


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A woman meets her future in-laws and discovers they don't much care for her in this comedy from writer and director Thomas Bezucha. Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) is a successful young businessman who is dating Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), and has asked her to spend Christmas with his family, with plans to ask his mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), for the…  See more details below


A woman meets her future in-laws and discovers they don't much care for her in this comedy from writer and director Thomas Bezucha. Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) is a successful young businessman who is dating Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), and has asked her to spend Christmas with his family, with plans to ask his mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), for the titular family wedding band and propose to Meredith on Christmas Day. Meredith is more than a bit nervous about meeting Everett's folks, and things only get worse when they arrive -- Meredith is by her nature straight-laced and a bit uptight around strangers, while Sybil and family patriarch Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) are free-thinkers who, except for Everett, have raised a family of cheerfully rebellious children, most notably younger daughter Amy (Rachel McAdams), older brother Ben (Luke Wilson), and adopted sibling Thad (Tyrone Giordano), who is both deaf and gay. Meredith and the Stone family do not get along well at first, especially Sybil, who is appalled at the prospect of Everett giving Meredith the family's heirloom wedding ring; in dire need of moral support, Meredith asks her younger sister, Julie (Claire Danes), to join her for Christmas with the Stones. However, the plan runs into a snag when Everett's head is turned by pretty Julie, and Meredith finds herself on the receiving end of attention from slobby Ben.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A marvelous ensemble cast can often turn familiar Hollywood product into a surprisingly refreshing entertainment; and such is the case with The Family Stone, which features A-listers Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, and Luke Wilson alongside such strong character actors as Craig T. Nelson and Dermot Mulroney. An oil-and-water family reunion sets the scene as uptight career woman Meredith Morton (Parker) accompanies her boyfriend, Everett Stone (Mulroney), to his family home for Christmas. Meredith feels ill at ease among his freewheeling parents (Keaton and Nelson) and eccentric siblings, and when the inevitable blow-up occurs she begs her sensible sister (Danes) to spirit her away. And in the tradition of act-one setups, that's when things really get interesting, leading to a Christmas morning the family Stone will never forget. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha may be too eager to stuff disparate elements and characters into the film, but his players save the day with their finely tuned performances and expert comic delivery. Wilson, playing Everett's laid-back brother, sidles into the leading-man slot quite effortlessly, while Rachel McAdams, as a shrewish sister, just about steals every scene she's in. A third-act revelation, intended to be startling, won't catch any viewer by surprise, but its aftermath makes for a poignant denouement. The Family Stone may not always hit the mark, but its mixture of good-hearted warmth and laughs ensure its future as a perennial in the tradition of Jodie Foster's underrated Home for the Holidays.
All Movie Guide
The good news? Sylvester Stallone never makes an appearance. The bad news? After some early indications it might do so, The Family Stone doesn't break the mold for holiday family dysfunction movies. However, it does end up being a pretty satisfying version of one. Writer/director Thomas Bezucha has clearly studied what other films in this genre have done well -- and, more importantly, what they haven't done well. Bezucha really has his holiday fruitcake and eats it too, concocting zany scenarios that never test the patience of viewers justifiably wary of this sort of thing -- viewers who were disappointed with Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays, for example. It's the details of Bezucha's writing that surprise, such as the casual fact that one of the Stone sons is both deaf and gay -- a plot element that steadfastly avoids becoming a hot-button contrivance. Another curveball: Bezucha places this family in a wintry storybook world out of any small town, then makes them unrepentant liberals, who sanction intergenerational pot smoking and talk with whimsical earnestness about wishing they had more gay children. Of course, it would be foolish to discount how the talented cast helps sell the material. Any time the movie threatens to careen off course, it's propped up by Diane Keaton's passionate matriarch, Rachel McAdams' eye-rolling baby sister, or Luke Wilson's goofy layabout, always cementing their familial bonds through believable chemistry. Less probable support comes from Craig T. Nelson as the affably passive dad, and even Sarah Jessica Parker salvages the film's most exaggerated character, the frosty conservative who infiltrates their latter-day commune. Bezucha stumbles by milking the final scene for way too long, but The Family Stone still gets the balance right for a superior multiplex holiday offering -- unpredictable enough to be funny, familiar enough to be comfortable, touching enough to be sentimental.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermot Mulroney; Audio commentary by writer/director Thomas Bezucha, producer Michael London, editor Jeffrey Ford and production designer Jane Ann Stewart; 6 deleted scenes with optional writer/director and editor commentary; Fox movie channel presents casting session and world premiere; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Q&A session with the cast at the screen actors guild theatre; Outrageous gag reel; "Morton family strata" recipe & more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Jessica Parker Meredith Morton
Luke Wilson Ben Stone
Dermot Mulroney Everett Stone
Claire Danes Julie Morton
Diane Keaton Sybil Stone
Rachel McAdams Amy Stone
Craig T. Nelson Kelly Stone
Elizabeth Reaser Susannah Stone Trousdale
Tyrone Giordano Thad Stone
Brian J. White Patrick Thomas
Paul Schneider Brad Stevenson
Jamie Kaler John Trousdale
Savannah Stehlin Elizabeth Trousdale
Robert Dioguardi David Silver
Christopher Parker Inn Receptionist
Carol Locatell Jeweler
Michael Pemberton Bus Driver One
Jill Remez (Voice)
Ginna Carter Jittery Cashier
Gus Buktenica Bartender
Ron Wall Bus Driver Two
Tim Simonec Conductor

Technical Credits
Thomas Bezucha Director,Screenwriter
James Bolt Sound Mixer
Connie Brink Special Effects
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Derek Casari Action Director
Judy Chin Makeup
Billy Coleman Camera Operator
Linda S. Cormany Costumes/Costume Designer
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
David E. Diano Camera Operator
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Kelcey Fry Makeup
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Ira Hammons Costumes/Costume Designer
Lori Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Don J. Hewitt Stunts
Jerry Holway Camera Operator
Mark Jackson Camera Operator
Timothy Kirkpatrick Art Director
Khristina Kravas Associate Producer
Michael London Producer
Fionnuala M. Lynch Costumes/Costume Designer
Mindy Marin Casting,Co-producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Jennifer Ogden Executive Producer
Janet Paparazzo Stunts
Mathew Price Sound Mixer
Cynthia C. Rebman Set Decoration/Design
Amy Elise Roberts Costumes/Costume Designer
Narciso Rodriguez Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rogers Stunts
Mam Smith Stunts
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Clark Tucker Stunts
Elliot Tyson Sound Mixer
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director
Dan Wallin Sound Mixer
Timothy Wegman Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer
Carla White Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Family Stone
1. This is Meredith [:26]
2. Main Titles [1:09]
3. Home [1:25]
4. All About Mereidth [2:23]
5. You Have Nice Shoes [2:55]
6. Separate Bedrooms [1:23]
7. All Hail! [2:43]
8. Lantau Island [1:57]
9. Fourth Word? [1:39]
10. Wish I Were Different [2:06]
11. Of Course You Do [2:33]
12. She Called Her Sister? [2:04]
13. Grandma's Ring [2:01]
14. Who Else Knows? [:28]
15. Julie [3:20]
16. Dinner [4:04]
17. Freak Flag [:42]
18. A Hole in His Heart [4:58]
19. Brad Dance with Me! [1:34]
20. Apologies [2:00]
21. Ben's Dream [7:44]
22. A Merry Little Christmas [:17]
23. Here We Go [2:29]
24. Try It On [4:06]
25. Something for Everyone [:26]
26. The Bitch from Bedford [1:22]
27. Strata [2:04]
28. Sorry for Everything [1:09]
29. Stay [3:30]
30. Repeat the Sounding Joy [2:52]
31. A Very Good Tree [4:37]
32. End Titles [:29]


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The Family Stone 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like all the people in this movie and was not sure what to expect. This movie can't be categorized--it touches all senses and emotions. One minute there is somber reflection, the next you feel uncomfortable at the clash of family vs. girlfriend, then you are laughing at the characters' antics. What I loved most was the feeling of family that blanketed the movie--the relationships and personalities are very believable, and the warmth of everyone coming home for Christmas is surprisingly strong, though this is not your typical sugar-cookie Christmas movie. One thing irritated me--Sarah-Jessica Parker's character drove me CRAZY! She did a great job, but I wanted to knock her over. Claire Danes enters the picture like a breath of fresh air. The kitchen fiasco on Christmas morning had me laughing out loud. Definitely one to see!
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This movie was well acted but I hated how painful it was. If I wanted to relive how my family acts I would just go see them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Family Stone is a comedy-drama, but also stretches the realm of the genre. Luke Wilson is in the pilot seat of the funny, firmly entrenched. But you might just cringe at the behavior of Diane Keaton's character. While eventually we see her as a sympathetic character, her attitude and demeanor is grating. Also, quite disturbing was the scene that they tried to make Sarah Jessica Parker's character a gay basher. Words were twisted and I don't like the soap box we were treated to. And just the fact (spoiler) that Dermot's character ends up trading sisters is mighty seamy. But see it just for the scene of Luke and Sarah in the bar. That alone is worth it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was dragged to go see this movie with my wife and another couple, but I ended up loving the dynamics of it. The combination of all the different actors including Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson made it a non-stop comedy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I come from a Family similar to the Stones. Except no Family members are gay. I have a Aunt, who, in 2002, had her share of breast cancer. She went for treatment for the same illness that Sybil had, and her test came back positive. I felt that the movie was very good, but not very funny, and also thought it was very hillarious. Go buy this movie. I did see it in the cinema in 2006, and i loved it. My aunt monique and uncle Gardy raised Cherrful, beautiful girls: Nikki,heidie,,Lauren and Kori who in a way are very similar to the Stone children, except religious, just like my family. My uncle also raised 5 children. Peter,Luke,Bridget,Claire and Laura. His wife Lori has had breast cancer in the begining of 02. I dont think that this movie would be for anyone with breast cancer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is most defanitaly a classic ithink you will laugh and cry it definatly is an awesome movie!! A+
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had me lauging out loud. Sometimes life just happens while you think you are in control!! Effected by other people we are! Sometimes!! Best to not judge a book by its cover. Also liked Paul Schneider even though is part was small. Hope to see him in more movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. Cute, funny. It's a kind of movie u want to watch in a raining day, laying in the bed under the covers. great actors
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