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Stuart Saves His Family (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 April 1995 (USA)
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A self-help advocate struggles to put his dysfunctional family in its place.

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Jodie
John Link Graney ...
Kyle
Marjorie Lovett ...
Aunt Paula
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Smalley Uncle (as Walt Robles)
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Harris Laskawy ...
Mr. Dimmit
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Storyline

Stuart Smalley, the Saturday Night Live character, comes to the big screen. Stuart, the disciple of the 12 step program, is challenged by lifes injustices. He loses his Public Access Cable Television Show, must beg his manipulative overbearing boss for his job back, rehabilitate his alcoholic father and drug abuser brother, and support his over-weight mother and sister in their lack of ability in handling their relationships with their husbands. Stuart is supported by his 12 step sponsors as a he regresses back to his negative behaviors each time he faces these challenges. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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You'll laugh because it's not your family. You'll cry because it is.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and substance abuse | See all certifications »
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$911,310 (USA)
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When Stuart and Donnie are at the bar, Donnie shoots some pool. During one shot, Donnie lines up on a red ball, but in the next camera angle he shoots the cue ball. See more »

Quotes

Stuart Smalley: When it comes to partying, no one gets down like people in recovery.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

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Everything's Coming Up Roses
Written by Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne
Performed by Ethel Merman
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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This in a sweet, under rated movie....
16 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movies inspired by SNL characters seem to have a consistently bad reputation. But that reputation is usually based on the fact that the films failed at the box office. The truth is, they are good solid comedies that were never meant to be blockbusters. 'Stuart Saves His Family' is just such a film.

This film has a cast of excellent actors who portray tragedy and comedy with sublime skill. The script is heartfelt and funny. There is no mockery of recovery programs or the self-help movement. Instead, 'Stuart Saves His Family' evokes the all too real humor amid the tragedy that comes from being part of a dysfunctional family (and world).

AL Franken's deadpan deliver of Stuart's ridiculous, but charming self is the the heart of the movie. But equally good are Piper Laurie, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lesley Boone & Harris Yulin. All four play characters who could easily descend into shrill, two-dimensional background support to the wacky lead character. Thankfully, the actors all bring out the human beings inside their characters.

The message about finding your own definition of happiness and family is another of the movie's strong points.

I also recommend "Superstar", another SNL character driven movie, starring Molly Shannon. She's an excellent actress with a wicked, silly streak.


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