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The Family Stone (2005)
Comedy,Drama,Romance
USA / English
"Feel The Love. "
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.
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 (as Brian White)
Elizabeth Reaser Susannah Stone Trousdale
Paul Schneider Brad Stevenson
Savannah Stehlin Elizabeth Trousdale
Jamie Kaler John Trousdale
Robert Dioguardi David Silver
Carol Locatell Jeweler
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Producer: Michael London
Writer: Thomas Bezucha
Talented actors have fun with a familiar premise
The premise of "The Family Stone" sounds a little shopworn: Everett Stone brings his uptight girlfriend Meredith home for Christmas to meet his large family, who instantly dislike her. Even worse, the trailer reveals most of the plot's complications. However, this premise has been used so often because it reliably provides opportunities for comedy, drama, and insight into family dynamics. "The Family Stone" proves itself a better-than-average example of the genre because of its talented cast and reasonably intelligent script.

Sarah Jessica Parker's presence ensures that Meredith always remains sympathetic, even when we can also perfectly understand why she irritates the Stones. The various Stones-- Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson--make the most of their roles, and, more importantly, they really do start to seem like a family, not a random collection of actors. The only actor who fails to make an impression is Claire Danes, who can't do much with the underwritten role of Meredith's sister Julie.

"The Family Stone" is not a groundbreaking movie, but it goes beyond the fish-out-of-water clichés that its plot might suggest. It finds the emotional truth, as well as the humor, in Meredith's situation. Plus, it's extremely evenhanded: all of the characters are flawed but likable, and in a climactic argument at the dinner table, both Meredith and Sibyl make valid points. Reviewers on this site have accused the movie of pushing a liberal agenda via its sympathetic portrayal of an interracial gay couple and a semi-bohemian family--and of pushing a conservative agenda via its portrayal of the Stones as hypocritical liberals who pay lip service to tolerance but are prejudiced against people like Meredith. Personally, I'm not sure if "The Family Stone" has any agenda, other than to cast good actors in a holiday comedy-drama that doesn't insult its audience's intelligence. And it succeeds pretty well at that.

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Movie
Imdb rating: 6.3
Musician: Michael Giacchino
Running time: 103 min
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
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