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)
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

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





Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA)  »

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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 »


[Opening of Stuart's show "Daily Affirmations"]
Stuart Smalley: I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.
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Performed by Ethel Merman
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One of the best SNL movies?
4 September 2000 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

That doesn't sound like an accomplishment, since the best SNL movies are probably "Blues Brothers" and "Wayne's World," and both are uneven. Furthermore, Stuart Smalley seems at first glance like one of the most obnoxious characters to base a movie around. He has characteristics that turn a lot of people off (effeminate, new agey, "caring"), but Franken shows that this veneer is painfully constructed over anger and hurt, and you end up actually liking him better the more time you spend with him. (The TV skits tend to just make fun of him.) One of the movie's most interesting scenes is between Franken and Laura San Giacomo when he tells her "I love you." In any other Hollywood movie, this would be a romantic-interest scene, because everyone knows you can't have a male and female star in a movie without their getting together. Well, here it's that incredibly rare thing: a scene of genuine friendship and support, with Stuart's sexuality left out of the question. To me, that's more impressive than if they got into a liplock.

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