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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:
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





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12 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stuart sauve sa famille  »

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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 »


Stuart Smalley: As we say in program: progress, not perfection.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »


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Written by Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne
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Uneven, but good
6 March 2014 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Whenever trying to memorialize the recently departed, I tend to seek out lesser known films by them, or at least films that I haven't seen. I'd always wanted to see this film, adapted from the Stuart Smalley sketches from Saturday Night Live. I remember Siskel & Ebert liking the film quite a bit back in the day, plus the star is now my Senator. And this is actually quite a good film. What's most surprising about it is it's actually quite serious for what it is. In fact, trying to get the serious subject to work while also trying to keep the same style of comedy the sketches had on SNL makes it a little tonally uneven, but I love what they were trying. Al Franken stars as Stuart Smalley, who hosts a cable access show called Daily Affirmations, where he reveals his many problems to his small audience and tries to work through them. As the film opens, his producer fires him. Soon after, his aunt dies so he goes back home to Minneapolis for the funeral. His family is hugely dysfunctional, with many drinking and weight problems. He tries to help. The film takes the problems entirely seriously. I mean, there is comedy, but the family dysfunction is never the butt of the joke. Al Franken is very good and the character is given more subtlety than he had on SNL. Vincent D'Onofrio plays his younger brother, Harris Yulin his father, Shirley Knight his mother and Lesley Boone his sister. Laura San Giacomo and Julia Sweeney also co-star as Stuart's friends. Not a great movie, but a nice one.

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