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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

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 reads a fan letter]
Stuart Smalley: "Dear Stuart, your show gave me the courage to feel my feelings, and to feel my feelings about my feelings, and my feelings about my feelings about my feelings. And my..."
[Stuart skips ahead]
Stuart Smalley: "God bless you, Amanda Q."
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Features The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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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 See 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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