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.
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
As a tip of the hat to his generation, writer-director Thomas Bezucha shows a glimpse of the original 1970s 'Norelco Santa' commercial on the Stones' living room television as Everett (Dermot Mulroney) and Julie (Claire Danes) set out to find Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker). Bezucha also highlights an extended clip of Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), which Susanna (Elizabeth Reaser) is watching on The Late Show during the Christmas Eve sequence. See more »
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 »
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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