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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Composer Michael Giacchino re-recorded the instrumental track of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as it appeared in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), duplicating every note and matching every tempo of the original orchestration, which he then programmed simultaneously to enhance Judy Garland's vocal. Both tracks appear on the film's soundtrack album, allowing the listener to appreciate how closely the new recording matches the vintage one. 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

Meredith Morton: Brad? Brad Stevenson? Aren't you the guy who popped Amy's cherry?
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Soundtracks

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Preview Misleading
27 January 2006 | by RustyDD788See all my reviews

Having seen the previews on a number of occasions I went to see this film because I was in the mood for a comedy. I guess the preview were all of the funny scenes. However, this turned out to be one of the most touching and sensitive movies I have seen in quite some time. The family stone could be almost anyones family and especially mine. The funny scenes were truly that, funny and very believable, one liners you wish you had said. The acting was first rate, I most enjoyed Diane Keaton and Craig Nelson. The movie moves along well with no dead time and while it is predicable in its storyline with no big surprises it is a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. You get your moneys worth.


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