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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stuart Smalley
... Julia
... Donnie
... Mom
... Dad
... Jodie
... Kyle (as John Link Graney)
... Aunt Paula
... Smalley Uncle (as Walt Robles)
Erik Cord ... Smalley Uncle
... Smalley Uncle
Grant Hoover ... Young Stuart
Cory Milano ... Young Donnie
... Young Jodie
Harris Laskawy ... Mr. Dimmit
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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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You'll laugh because it's not your family. You'll cry because it is.

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Rated PG-13 for language and substance abuse | See all certifications »
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$911,310
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Julia Sweeney's character, Mea C, says "sorry" in this film 17 times. See more »

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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 »

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Stuart Smalley: When it comes to partying, no one gets down like people in recovery.
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Features The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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I Want To Be Happy
Written by Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar
Performed by The Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra starring Warren Covington
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One of the best SNL movies?
4 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

That doesn't sound like an accomplishment, since the best SNL movies are probably "Blues Brothers" and "Wayne's World," and both are uneven. Furthermore, Stuart Smalley seems at first glance like one of the most obnoxious characters to base a movie around. He has characteristics that turn a lot of people off (effeminate, new agey, "caring"), but Franken shows that this veneer is painfully constructed over anger and hurt, and you end up actually liking him better the more time you spend with him. (The TV skits tend to just make fun of him.) One of the movie's most interesting scenes is between Franken and Laura San Giacomo when he tells her "I love you." In any other Hollywood movie, this would be a romantic-interest scene, because everyone knows you can't have a male and female star in a movie without their getting together. Well, here it's that incredibly rare thing: a scene of genuine friendship and support, with Stuart's sexuality left out of the question. To me, that's more impressive than if they got into a liplock.


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