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Issue: Summer 2005

The Family Stone(2005) movie review

Home Sour Home

Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) brings his highly-strung girlfriend Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his lively family at Christmas.

Prepared to dislike Meredith from descriptions, the family encourage her to show her most awkward and unlikeable side. She flees to a local inn, calling her sister (Clare Danes) to join her. Confusion ensues.

Diane Keaton as the mother leads a strong cast in this attempt at a sort of romantic/madcap comedy that somehow doesn't quite come off.

Movie poster, The Family Stone; Festivale film review

Movie poster, The Family Stone

Feel the love.

There are so many elements thrown into this script that it loses its punch. While many people will be tempted by the cast, it is doubtful that many will ever give the film a second look.

The Family Stone No depth.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1 Jan 2006
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Title: The Family Stone (2005)
Written by: Thomas Bezucha
Directed by: Thomas Bezucha
Director of Photography: Jonathan Brown
running time: 103 mins

The Players: Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson

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