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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.



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





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


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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Plot Keywords:

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


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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 »

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Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,521,027, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Over Amy by the window while the family is gawking at Meredith outside when they first arrive. See more »


Meredith Morton: I love the gays!
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »


Joy to the World
Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
Courtesy of Delta Entertainment and WBLT, L.L.C.
By Arrangement with Source Q
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What a total waste of time.
9 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Dreadful, dreadful film. Very stilted script with idiotic scenes. Scenes that should have been poignant patently were not. The pregnant pauses where we know what the character should be saying to sort the situation out are not made full use of. This could have been done so much better. You don't empathise with the characters because they are so spiteful to the favoured son's slightly uptight girlfriend. Someone who has been brought to the family home for what should be a joyous occasion, Christmas. I don't understand why the boyfriend didn't warn her what the family was like and he obviously didn't love her as he didn't follow her out once she became distressed and left the house. He just mooned about like a wet week and it was left to the brother who did have a spine to corral the girlfriend, calm her down and bring her back into the fold. Finally it descended into slapstick when the writers couldn't think of anything else to do with the script. All in all a waste of the incredible acting talent that it attracted.

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