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Stuart Saves His Family (1995)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Boone ...
Kyle (as John Link Graney)
Marjorie Lovett ...
Aunt Paula
Smalley Uncle (as Walt Robles)
Erik Cord ...
Smalley Uncle
Smalley Uncle
Grant Hoover ...
Cory Milano ...
Young Jodie
Harris Laskawy ...
Mr. Dimmit


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and substance abuse | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$911,310 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Dad Smalley: God, you'd drink too, if you had Liberace for a son.
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not at all what I expected
23 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie expecting a movie like "A Night at the Roxbury", "Superstar", or "Coneheads" - not a great plot or great acting, but a lot of laugh-out-loud, tasteless jokes that will cause me to feel guilty for laughing later. Not very good movies critic-wise, but I need a good tasteless comedy every now and then.

However, "Stuart Saves His Family" is different. It had a bittersweet plot and some pretty good acting. It turned out to be a good movie. On the other hand, it wasn't tastelessly laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I only remember laughing once in the whole movie.

So did "Stuart Saves His Family" accomplish its goal, or did it fail miserably? I'm not quite sure. I still don't know what to think of this movie. I'd say it's worth renting just for its uniqueness.

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