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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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Lesley Boone ...
Jodie
John Link Graney ...
Kyle
Marjorie Lovett ...
Aunt Paula
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Harris Laskawy ...
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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 reads a fan letter]
Stuart Smalley: "Dear Stuart, your show gave me the courage to feel my feelings, and to feel my feelings about my feelings, and my feelings about my feelings about my feelings. And my..."
[Stuart skips ahead]
Stuart Smalley: "God bless you, Amanda Q."
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Written & Performed by Juan García Esquivel (as Juan Garcia Esquivel)
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A kind of serious comedy
28 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Al Frankin and had wanted to see this movie for quite a while. As it turns out, that was 12 years, but I finally saw Stuart Saves His Family on HBO. The short answer is that I liked it a lot, but not for the reasons that I was expecting to like it for. The movie was funny, but not really laugh out loud funny. The characters were too well developed for "laugh out loud". It would have felt mean to laugh at the alcoholic father who has no clue that he has a problem. The stoner brother who eventually figures out he's wasted his life. The enabler mother. The obese sister who deals with her stress by eating pound cake. I found myself rooting for these people, and not really wanting to laugh at them. There are certainly funny parts of the movie, and Al Frankin is a funny guy, but I think that the problem with Stuart Saves His Family is that it is too well done for an audience who want Wayne's World (One of my favorites, BTW) and instead got a serious movie about dysfunctional people with very real problems where you laugh with them and not at them.


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