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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.

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Julie Morton
... Sybil Stone
... Amy Stone
... Everett Stone
... Kelly Stone
... Meredith Morton
... Ben Stone
... Thad Stone (as Ty Giordano)
... Patrick Thomas
... Susannah Stone Trousdale
... Brad Stevenson
... Elizabeth Trousdale
... John Trousdale
... David Silver
... Jeweler
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The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications. Written by Anonymous

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christmas | secret | tension | ring | woman | See All (64) »

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Feel The Love.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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16 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project  »

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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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Billy Crudup and Johnny Knoxville were expected to play the roles of Everett and Ben Stone before dropping out. The part later went to Luke Wilson. Aaron Eckhart was first cast in the role of Everett but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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When Everett puts the ring on Julie's finger, the father (Kelly) is looking from behind Everett. When we see Kelly from the front his glasses are on top of his head. When we see him from the side, his glasses are on his face. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Thomas: [Signing] That's beautiful.
Thad Stone: [Signing] So are you.
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References Where the Wild Things Are (1975) See more »

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Written by Marty Balin
Performed by Jefferson Starship
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Family Value
18 January 2006 | by See 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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