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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Al Franken used his real-life experience with 12-step programs in expanding on the Stuart Smalley character from SNL to a feature-length film. 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 serves a patron in a restaurant]
Stuart Smalley: Have you had enough time to look at the menu?
Patron: We've had enough time to memorize the menu.
Stuart Smalley: I'm sorry, I'm having a personal crisis. Can I take your order?
Patron: For my wife, the Penne Arrabiata; and I will try the oso buoco.
Stuart Smalley: You know, the oso buko is extremely fatty. You might want to try...
Patron: I'll TRY the oso buko. And also the mixed baby field greens.
Stuart Smalley: Lo-cal vinaigrette?
Patron: Creamy Caesar.
Stuart Smalley: On the side?
[...]
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Soundtracks

Silver Bells
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Performed by Rachel Sweet
Produced by Marc Shaiman
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Not Much Here.
2 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Saturday Night Live routines always find a way to the silver screen and that is unfortunate for the most part. "Stuart Saves His Family" is another pure mess as the titled psychiatrist (the likeable Al Franken) goes home after his aunt's death and tries to keep his family talking to each other, but fireworks just continue going off with what are supposed to be hilarious results. Once again a lack of material just makes the film little more than a very long skit. 2 stars out of 5.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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