The Family Stone
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Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maura Tierney, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdamsSynopsis: Meeting the parents is bad enough, but don't mix two families. That's the lesson learned when a favorite son brings his girlfriend home for the holidays. She is not warmly received by the parents and decides to call in reinforcements, mainly her sister. While things were bad before, they are about to get a whole lot worse.
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It's a holiday movie!
It's a comedy!
Well, it tried.
Ok, so it's a drama.
Well, in segments.
Ok, how about a holiday ensemble mish mash of mixed talents failing to mesh and creating what is generally the worst thing about Christmas...somethng with potential that turns out to be socks.
That should do it.
On the surface, there's great reason to be interested in this film...Sarah Jessica Parker breaking character and playing a suffering single girl who is annoying...ok, that one depends upon your stance with Sex and the City.
Diane Keaton coasting through a movie, Rachel McAdams getting a chance to outshine talents that have been around a lot longer than she has. Luke Wilson doing his best Owen Wilson. And Dermot Mulroney once again shows why he is the master at playing fiances. Claire Danes also makes an appearance, which brings me to a good film with an ensemble cast that worked on all levels...Home For The Holidays, which also featured Danes, check it out, you will enjoy it more.
Like I said, potential, but the film falls apart at almost every scene and by the time it comes to the 'bittersweet' epilogue of the film, the audience is anticipating the credits.
The Family Stone is no worse than other middle ground holiday dramedies (I hate that word), nor is it better, it simply is. And it is simply sure to be on cable at a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday near you.
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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
2 Easter Eggs
Recipe for Strata