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The Family Stone (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 December 2005 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thad Stone (as Ty Giordano)
Brad Stevenson
David Silver


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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£247,515 (UK) (16 December 2005)


$6,061,759 (USA) (24 March 2006)

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Billy Crudup and Johnny Knoxville were expected to play the roles of Everett and Ben Stone before dropping out. The part later went to Luke Wilson. Aaron Eckhart was first cast in the role of Everett but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


Over Amy by the window while the family is gawking at Meredith outside when they first arrive. See more »


Meredith Morton: Brad? Brad Stevenson? Aren't you the guy who popped Amy's cherry?
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Written by Marty Balin
Performed by Jefferson Starship
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
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Trailers do not do it Justice
2 January 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I totally agree with The Unemployed Critic that the trailers (and the poster) for "The Family Stone" are misleading, and ultimately an insult to the film. My husband and I are cinema addicts, but the trailers convinced us that we could live without another silly and predictable "clash of family cultures" movie. Fortunately the good-to-glowing reviews in American and Australian papers encouraged us to at least give the film a chance. We were rewarded with great writing and acting, lots of laughs and some tears. "The Family Stone" was my favourite of the many movies we saw over the Holidays -- but we almost missed out on it, due to bad Marketing.

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