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.
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
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 »
Some scenes of the Family Stone's "New England town" were actually filmed in the Borough of Madison, NJ. An aerial shot of the town square clearly shows a New Jersey Transit train pulling out of the station, such trains do not run into New England. See more »
That's it. I got lost in Diane Keaton's face and I went wherever she went. I loved the journey. So familiar and yet so different. Family with all the warmth of ancestral Christmas carols and a glimpse into our very near future, hopefully. She is surrounded by a group of wonderful actors. The fearless Sarah Jessica Parker, the stunning Rachel McAdams, the blooming Clare Danes, the underrated Dermot Mulroney, the surprisingly tender Craig T Nelson etc. To tell you about this family, going back home for the holidays, would be a waste of time. If you decide to go, you'll be part of the gathering, the Stone's have their doors wide open and you'll find your own place at the table. As the movie ended I had a smile from ear to ear while tears were running down my face.
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