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The story about the annual holiday gathering of a New England family, the Stones. The eldest son brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents, brothers and sisters. The bohemian Stones greet their visitor - a high-powered, controlling New Yorker - with a mix of awkwardness, confusion and hostility. Before the holiday is over, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed, and the family Stone will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love.
Comedy Drama - This is not the silly slapstick comedy that the advertising makes it
out to be, but a more serious and subtle comedy-drama. While there
are some slapstick bits, verbal wit and subtle emotion is the main
interest of this ensemble piece.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Mild sex talk. VIOLENCE: A slap and some comic fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Verbal humor; sex humor; some slapstick.
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Roger EbertFull Review Good 'The Family Stone' sorts out its characters admirably, depends on typecasting to help establish its characters more quickly, and finds a winding path between happy and sad secrets...
USA TodayFull Review Good The Family Stone is as stuffed with beguiling performances — some of them unexpectedly good — as its script is overstuffed.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 185 moviegoers: Adult and twentysomething females seem to be the main audience for this movie. Their opinions are very high. Just a few rated it average to below average. All the others loved "The Family Stone." Teen female opinions were also pretty good. About half really enjoyed it and the remaining half thought it was at least average.
As for the guys, Their opinions are considerably lower, but still not too bad. About half truly enjoyed this movie and most of the remaining half rated it as an OK/average movie. Only a very few disliked it.
I have no problem recommending "The Family Stone." The opinions aren't high enough to recommend it highly, but I feel most will be satisfied when they walk out of this movie.
Sybil Stone (DIANE KEATON) is the strong-willed matriarch who is at the heart of the Stone family, an outspoken woman who wants only the best for her five children.
Sybil and her family are not pleased with the arrival of eldest son Everett's girlfriend, Meredith Morton (SARAH JESSICA PARKER). Meredith is an immaculately composed, contemporary New York City-based career woman whose tailored suits,
upswept hair and subtle makeup speak volumes about her personality, making an indelible impression on both friends and strangers. When she meets the Stones, the results are chaotic and unforgettable.
After her initial trial by fire with the Stones, Meredith enlists the help of her younger sister, Julie Morton (CLAIRE DANES). Julie, who works at a foundation awarding grants to artists, isn't nearly as tightly wound as Meredith.