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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)
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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dad Smalley: Why don't you pick on somebody with pubic hair?
Mr. Dimmit - Flashbacks: What?
Dad Smalley: You gonna give me the ball? Or would you like me to shove it up your ass?
[starts rolling up his sleeve]
Dad Smalley: Wanna hear my preference?
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Connections

Features The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) 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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not at all what I expected
23 August 2001 | by ajdagreatSee all my reviews

I rented this movie expecting a movie like "A Night at the Roxbury", "Superstar", or "Coneheads" - not a great plot or great acting, but a lot of laugh-out-loud, tasteless jokes that will cause me to feel guilty for laughing later. Not very good movies critic-wise, but I need a good tasteless comedy every now and then.

However, "Stuart Saves His Family" is different. It had a bittersweet plot and some pretty good acting. It turned out to be a good movie. On the other hand, it wasn't tastelessly laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I only remember laughing once in the whole movie.

So did "Stuart Saves His Family" accomplish its goal, or did it fail miserably? I'm not quite sure. I still don't know what to think of this movie. I'd say it's worth renting just for its uniqueness.


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