Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Family Stone...rolling over in the grave

The Family Stone - Thomas Bezucha - 2005 - 4/10


Sybil and Kelly Stone (Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson) has their eldest son, Everett (Dermot Mulroney) and his fiance Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) over for Christmas and the whole family, including their deaf brother Thad (Tyrone Giordano), laid backbrother Ben (Luke Wilson), and their baby sister Amy (Rachel McAdams). Simply put the family thinks Sarah Jessica Parker isnt right for Everett because she's too tense - because she is - and they give her a hard time. She gets upset, panics, has her sister Julie (Claire Danes) come in to giver her some support. Meredith ends up going drinking with Ben and Amy's ex boyfriend while a worried Everett goes looking for Meredith with her sister Julie. Everything comes to a head on Christmas when Meredith starts to come to grips with her drunken night before and a confused Everett gets into an argument with his dad and his brother, and Amy gets to watch, for awhile, until she gets a suprise.


Where to begin. My most basic complaint is that the movie is basically a family-ized rip off of "Beautiful Girls," except the relationships hardly make sense and the characters execute inconsistent dialogue as the writers cant decide to go all in on the life changing power of "Beautiful Girls" or trying to go for easy embarassing jokes in the vein of "Meet the Parents" - except they try to be serious at the same time, destroying any attempt to actually make you laugh. The drama seems forced and predictable - you know what the characters are going to do and you know what they're going to say before they say it.


If someone will pay you $9 to see this, then itd probably be okay

If you liked this movie, watch...
...Beautiful Girls
...Rumor Has It
...In Her Shoes

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