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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.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Al Franken (screenplay), Al Franken (book)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Franken ... Stuart Smalley
Laura San Giacomo ... Julia
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Donnie
Shirley Knight ... Mom
Harris Yulin ... Dad
Lesley Boone ... Jodie
John Graney ... Kyle (as John Link Graney)
Marjorie Lovett ... Aunt Paula
Walter Robles ... Smalley Uncle (as Walt Robles)
Erik Cord Erik Cord ... Smalley Uncle
Denver Mattson ... Smalley Uncle
Grant Hoover Grant Hoover ... Young Stuart
Cory Milano Cory Milano ... Young Donnie
Michelle Horn ... Young Jodie
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ... Mr. Dimmit
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You'll laugh because it's not your family. You'll cry because it is.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stuart sauve sa famille See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$371,898, 16 April 1995

Gross USA:

$912,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$912,082
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In the bar scene, Vincent D'Onofrio is standing next to Al Franken. When the shot cuts to the two guys hassling them, Vincent D'Onofrio is behind them sitting. He then reappears next to Al Franken. See more »

Quotes

Julia: We'd all like to go home and save our families, but we can't. We're just not that powerful.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

What Makes A Family
Written & Produced by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Warren Wiebe (as Warren Wiebe)
Warren Wiebe performs courtesy of 143/Atlantic Records
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Nice Film Best of the SNL's!
24 May 2002 | by tooteachingSee all my reviews

This is probably the best of the SNL films simply because there is a back story behind the film. (Unlike the terrible "It's Pat!")

Those who watched SNL while Al Franken was on it saw the Smalley character. (His adage: I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and gosh darn it people like me!) In these skits, Smalley (who obviously had had a very difficult life) described his family. (On Halloween "I thought of going as a feeling but what does dread look like really? Other than my mother.") The skits would give the viewer images and makes us wonder how bad this family actually was. Now we know.

So many SNL films fail because they stretch a 2 minute skit into ninety minutes. One reviewer called it "Trying to stretch a piece of chewing gum across I-25, sometimes it makes it, most times it doesn't." This movie had great fully developed characters. There was no reason to stretch anything.

Al Franken plays the character with such sensitivity and such love and such heart that you can't help feeling for the poor guy. You can tell that this character is a sweet, kind human being who simply never got a decent start in life and is trying to do things right.

The scenes going back to Smalley's childhood complete the story. Including the funny scene about the family's trip to California.

To those who that this movie is as bad as "It's Pat" I beg to differ.

"It's Pat" never worked because it was never meant to work.

My only regret is that it failed so miserably box office wise and we'll never see a sequel. Al Franken is also no longer on SNL. I miss Stuart.

This movie gets an 8 out of 10. It's a great movie. A great movie to watch when you feel sorry for yourself or having a bad day.


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