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:
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 <>

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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:

Stuart sauve sa famille  »

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$911,310 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Stuart gets his show on Health Cable Network, he goes to have twenty episodes shot. The time they give him to do this is four hours, which is impossible because all the shows are fifteen minutes. At least five hours would be needed, even if the cameras were never turned off. See more »


Stuart Smalley: When it comes to partying, no one gets down like people in recovery.
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Spun-off from Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


What Makes A Family
Written & Produced by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Warren Weibe (as Warren Wiebe)
Warren Wiebe performs courtesy of 143/Atlantic Records
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A really nice, surprising movie
11 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is so much better than anything you'd expect. Needless to say, most of the films based on SNL characters are pretty lame, and this one slipped under the radar so quickly, you might assume it's another "It's Pat". It's not! If you like the Stuart Smalley character, you'll of course be more disposed to liking the film. But even those previously unfamiliar with the 12-step junkie will find a sweet and surprisingly honest story here -- one that both pokes fun at self-help groups and acknowledges that they can work. There are plenty of laughs; and in its treatment of Stuart's highly dysfunctional family of origin, this film achieves something near-great. Watch and see. And "get yourself to a pound cake!"

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