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Stuart Saves His Family (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1995 (USA)
A self-help advocate struggles to put his dysfunctional family in its place.



(screenplay), (book)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle (as John Link Graney)
Aunt Paula
Smalley Uncle (as Walt Robles)
Erik Cord ...
Smalley Uncle
Smalley Uncle
Grant Hoover ...
Young Stuart
Cory Milano ...
Young Jodie
Harris Laskawy ...


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

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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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Stuart sauve sa famille  »

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1.85 : 1
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Julia Sweeney's character, Mea C, says "sorry" in this film 17 times. See more »


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[Stuart is trying to calm his overweight sister Jodie on the phone]
Stuart Smalley: Okay, Jodie, I would never ordinarily say this, but... is there any way you can get to a pound cake?
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Yet another failure from the `Saturday Night Live' stable
8 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Stuart Smalley is a new-age self help guru with a line in catchphrases `I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and dog-gone it, people like me!'. When his show on public-access cable is cancelled he falls into a depression, however a family death brings him back to his home town where he finds that his family have enough issues to keep him busy for months.

Stuart Smalley was created by Al Franken for Saturday Night Live. In the UK we've never seen this so I can only imagine that Stuart is used to poke fun at self-help, therapy etc - and I imagine that in 3 minute sketches that he can be very good. However stretched out to 90 minutes it doesn't cut the mustard. The story allows for some funny moments - mainly the flashback scenes where Stuart recalls instances in his family life. However the majority of the film is given over to drama and sentiment as the family deal with their issue. This sentiment is poorly handled and doesn't sit well at all. Even if this was a normal film, which it isn't, it wouldn't work, however building this drama round a spoof character makes it even less workable.

I really wanted to like this but I'm afraid that it just wasn't very funny. From Saturday Night Live I expected much more laughs - even of the hit and miss style. However I chuckled 3 or 4 times and that was it. Franken plays Stuart like a mockery of himself and does manage to squeeze some jokes out of the material, but he can't make the character do drama at all. The rest of the cast are filled with plenty of well-known faces (Laura San Giacomo, D'Onofrio, Harris Yulin) and a great comedy director in Ramis, but none of them can really do much with the material.

As much as I wanted to like this, this is just yet another failed movie project to come from the occasionally successful Saturday Night life stable.

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