Family Stone

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An incredible all-star cast shines in this deliriously funny comedy that "balances heart and humor" (Houston Chronicle) with a "sharp comic edge" (Rolling Stone)! Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in a Golden Globe-nominated role, The Family Stone is "engaging, enticing [and] first-rate" (Los Angeles Times)!

Corporate executive Meredith Morton (Parker) is as uptight and ultra-conservative as her pin-striped designer suit. Her boyfriend Everett Stone's (Dermot Mulroney) family is as relaxed and quirky as their aging New England Colonial. So when Meredith ventures out of Manhattan to meet Everett's clan, it's no wonder her arrival is met with all the enthusiasm of a nasty Nor'easter. But one surprise guest, two shocking romances and several beers later, Meredith's icy exterior begins to thaw...and she may just melt the hearts of the Family Stone!

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202864868
UPC 024543373155
UPC 14 00024543373155
Format DVD
Release Date 10/16/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Parker,Sarah Jessic
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Claire Danes - Actor
Craig T. Nelson - Actor
Dermot Mulroney - Actor
Diane Keaton - Actor
Jeffrey Ford - Editor
Jonathan Brown - Cinematographer
Luke Wilson - Actor
Michael Giacchino - Original Music By
Michael London - Producer
Paul Schneider - Actor
Rachel McAdams - Actor
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actor
Thomas Bezucha - Director
Thomas Bezucha - Writer
Awards
Nominee (2006) Golden Globe, Sarah Jessica Parker, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama
Golden Globe (2006) Sarah Jessica Parker, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's a tough thing for a dysfunctional-family-at-Christmas movie to avoid doses of melodrama, and it's fair to say that The Family Stone contains its share. But the nice thing about the movie is that it avoids overt manipulation. There's some - it's virtually impossible for a movie of this sort to generate an emotional response without any - but it's kept to a minimum and doesn't come at the viewer like a sledgehammer. Instead of having to sit through a Terms of Endearment scene, we are offered something more tasteful...I have seen The Family Stone categorized in some places as a "screwball comedy," but this is an inappropriate label. There are a few mildly comedic moments sprinkled throughout the production, but this belongs in the drama category. Laughter, although it may occur (and hopefully in all the right places), is not the primary goal of writer/director Thomas Bezucha. He wants The Family Stone to touch a deeper chord. For the most part, he succeeds...The talented cast helps. Sarah Jessica Parker, finding that there is life after Sex in the City, has no difficulty with Meredith's arc. Of all the characters in the movie, she undergoes the biggest transformation, and Parker aces it. Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson settle comfortably into the matriarch/patriarch roles, and there is one especially touching scene between the two of them. Luke Wilson brings his special brand of relaxed, "don't worry, be happy" performance to the proceedings. Rachel McAdams, 2005's "it" girl (see also Wedding Crashers and Red Eye), imparts a dose of charisma...It's worth mentioning that this is the best adult holiday film in a while. (Of course, competition has been thin - Christmas with the Kranks, Surviving Christmas, etc.)...Even taking this into consideration, it's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Family Stone" is silly at times, leaning toward the screwball tradition of everyone racing around the house at the same time in a panic fueled by serial misunderstandings. There is also a thoughtful side, involving the long and loving marriage of Sybil and Kelly. Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson create touching characters in the middle of comic chaos. They have a scene together as true and intimate in its way as a scene involving a long-married couple can be. It doesn't involve a lot of dialogue, and doesn't need to, because it obviously draws on a lot of history...There is an emerging genre of movies about family reunions at holiday time. It seems to be a truth universally acknowledged that most reunions at Christmas end happily, while most reunions at Thanksgiving end sadly. That's odd, because the way things shake down in the world of fragmented families, we tend to spend Thanksgiving with those we choose, and Christmas with those we must. If those two lists are identical in your life, your holidays must all be joyous, or all not...What is always true is that the holiday itself imposes Aristotle's unities of time and place upon the plot. Most of the action takes place in the house or on the way and from it, and whatever happens will have to happen before everybody heads back to the airport. That creates an artificial deadline that makes everything seem more urgent and requires that the truth be told or love declared right here and now, or not at all..."The Family Stone" sorts out its characters admirably, depends on typecasting to help establish its characters more quickly, and finds a winding path between happy and sad secrets to that moment when we realize that the Family Stone will always think of this fateful Christmas with a smile, and a tear. What else do you want?
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Parker,Sarah Jessic
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Edelstein, Slate The performances are delightful, and the picture comes together.
Ebert & Roeper and the Movies Two Thumbs Up!
Lou Lumenick, New York Post A satisfying, big-hearted celebration...
New York Observer Laugh-out-loud hilarious! Smart! Moving! One of [2005]'s best!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Keaton, a sorceress at blending humor and heartbreak, honors the film with a grace that makes it stick in the memory.
Rachel Clarke, Premiere ...a warm and engaging film that is sure to become a perennial Christmas favorite.

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