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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.

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

Gross USA:

$911,310
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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

When Stuart is reliving his recurring dream about saving his father's life, you can see the top of the airbag while the stunt man is falling from the roof. See more »

Quotes

Stuart Smalley: But today, I've decided to take a risk, and wear a new sweater. It was sent to me by a recovering sex addict, Melissa D., who knitted it herself; she said it gave her something to do with her hands.
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Connections

Spun-off from Saturday Night Live (1975) 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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No belly laughs, but good.
29 August 2013 | by Derek237See all my reviews

A not-so-well-remembered SNL movie based on a not-so-well-remembered SNL sketch. I watched it last night, and I don't think I've ever seen it before so it was kind of surprising at how unfunny it was. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it just felt more like an offbeat drama than a comedy. It dealt with real issues and didn't have pristine solutions and I've left it feeling contemplative and, to be honest, a little sad, which is sort of a compliment and sort of isn't. But the acting in the movie is great. I have this idea in my head of Al Franken as this gruff, intense comedic force but here he's so soft-spoken and calm so you gotta hand it to him, the guy is COMMITTED. Laura San Giacomo is also excellent and has a heartbreaking little speech. And Vincent D'Onofrio as the pothead slacker brother is good stuff. I don't know. Not sure how I altogether feel about it. I'd probably give it a 6/10, not great but by no means bad. I think it's on Netflix. Check it out.


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