An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Straight-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications. Written by
Some scenes of the Family Stone's "New England town" were actually filmed in the Borough of Madison, NJ. An aerial shot of the town square clearly shows a New Jersey Transit train pulling out of the station, such trains do not run into New England. See more »
Why make the rude, weird family seem the normal ones ?
Well if my family treated any visitor as rudely as the The Family Stone I'd send them all to bed without any supper! Oh and it's supposed to be soooo funny. It is n't.
Sarah Jessica Parker plays the fiancée of a handsome, mummy's boy, family favourite who goes home at Christmas to introduce her to his awful family. Having decided they will dislike her even before she arrives, the plot writers seem not to have realised that if she is so appalling before she arrives for one brother, the family should feel equally appalled for another brother.
The saddest thing about this film is that rudeness to a guest seems to be acceptable when the family defend their own bohemian beliefs .It is truly not worth watching.
Had I been the girlfriend I'd have beat a hasty retreat and been glad of a lucky escape!''Here happy Xmas ..have a nice life ...have your ring back ...BYE ...''
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