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The Family Stone (2005)

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An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director:

Thomas Bezucha

Writer:

Thomas Bezucha
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Julie Morton
Diane Keaton ... Sybil Stone
Rachel McAdams ... Amy Stone
Dermot Mulroney ... Everett Stone
Craig T. Nelson ... Kelly Stone
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Meredith Morton
Luke Wilson ... Ben Stone
Tyrone Giordano ... Thad Stone (as Ty Giordano)
Brian White ... Patrick Thomas
Elizabeth Reaser ... Susannah Stone Trousdale
Paul Schneider ... Brad Stevenson
Savannah Stehlin ... Elizabeth Trousdale
Jamie Kaler ... John Trousdale
Robert Dioguardi ... David Silver
Carol Locatell ... Jeweler
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Storyline

Everett Stone, who made it on Wall Street, returns home for Christmas with his bride Meredith Morton. His ultra-liberal, anti-conventional rustic Connecticut family doesn't exactly warm to the outsider, who despite her best efforts to please prospective in-laws looks, sounds and acts like the conservative bigots they hate, while various Stones have their own problems. Only matriarch Sibyl Stone's unshakable maverick other son Ben gives her a chance, and as Everett won't actively turn against either, she feels more supported by him and a weird romance blossoms. feeling beleaguered, Meredith calls in help from her easygoing sister Julie, who proves no help to her but soon develops a chemistry with Everett, so everything may now shift if they dare follow their hearts. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Feel The Love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,521,027, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$60,062,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,283,851
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Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The photo that Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) gives to all of the family members of a pregnant young Sybil is actually a picture of young Diane Keaton. However, Keaton has never been pregnant and the photo was edited to make her look so. See more »

Goofs

When Meredith gives each of the Stones the framed photograph of a formerly pregnant Sybil, every one is in a somewhat plain black frame with a small white matte. Assuming that one of those frames (most likely the one gifted to Sybil and Kelly directly) was intended to be the one hanging next to the family Christmas tree in the final shot of the film, one can see that these are two totally different sized, matted, and designed fames. The one at the end is a much larger, more ornate frame with a sizeable black matte. Clearly, they could have had the picture re-framed in the ensuing year, but we can infer that each was identical during the gifting scene because of their uniform wrapping and the fact that we see more than one of them opened on screen, and all are the same. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stone: [to Meredith] Don't dilly-dally there, pretty lady. We're all gonna be down here talking about you.
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Connections

References The Bride Wore Black (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James S. Pierpoint)
Arranged by Skip Martin
Performed by Johnny Mercer
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Family Value
18 January 2006 | by happy_hangmanSee all my reviews

Thomas Bezucha's 'The Family Stone' surprised me. I expected a catty WASPish family satire – that, at least, was the impression given in most reviews. I liked this a great deal. The discomfort felt by Sarah Jessica Parker's uptight career girl as she spends Christmas with her partner's close-knit New England liberal family is used to good effect, but as much awkwardness is felt as a result of their jibes as by her tactlessness, so she's not marked out solely as a stooge. Dermot Mulroney, Rachel McAdams (the best thing in Wes Craven's 'Red Eye'), Luke Wilson (a much better actor than brother Owen) and Diane Keaton also give fine turns, and Craig T. Nelson - another much underrated character actor – is perfectly cast Keaton's husband. It's occasionally sentimental, as certain family secrets are revealed, but never in a sickly manner, and works principally because it's that rare Hollywood beast, a genuinely well written ensemble piece. Good work Mr Bezucha. Worth a look.


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