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The Family Stone (2005)



Critic Consensus: This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.

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A man brings his ice-queen girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his eccentric family. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, the girlfriend begs her sister to join her for emotional support, only to trigger more problems.

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Claire Danes
as Julie Morton
Diane Keaton
as Sybil Stone
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Meredith Morton
Rachel McAdams
as Amy Stone
Dermot Mulroney
as Everett Stone
Craig T. Nelson
as Kelly Stone
Luke Wilson
as Ben Stone
Ty Giordano
as Thad Stone
Brian J. White
as Patrick Thomas
Elizabeth Reaser
as Susannah Stone Trousdale
Paul Schneider
as Brad Stevenson
Savannah Stehlin
as Elizabeth Trousdale
Jamie Kaler
as John Trousdale
Robert Dioguardi
as David Silver
Ginna Carter
as Jittery Cashier
Gus Buktenica
as Bartender
Michael Pemberton
as Bus Driver One
Jill Remez
as (Voice)
Ron Wall
as Bus Driver Two
Christopher Parker
as Inn Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Family Stone

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (48)

The Family Stone works hard to warm the cockles of our hearts. The cast is attractive. The sentiments are commendable. But the love Bezucha wants us to feel for the family couldn't possibly compete with the love they already feel for themselves.

July 7, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.

January 5, 2006

Like the character of Meredith, the film's bravado cannot mask a messy soul but should be given respect for showing up and sticking it out.

December 21, 2005 | Rating: B
Top Critic

There are just too many damn characters, with the best ones taking a backseat to the dullish love quadrangle.

December 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.

December 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.

December 16, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Family Stone


Everett brings his uptight girlfriend Meredith (SJP) home to meet his family at Christmas with disastrous consequences. From the trailer this looks like a funny Christmas movie, but this is not a funny movie. The ending made me sad. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The cast give it their best shot, but they can't save this film from a script full of contrived drama and jarring tone inconsistencies. When the film is trying to be dramatic, it feels like a Lifetime channel movie. The relationships are unbelievable and the family comes across as unpleasant and mean. When the film is trying to be funny, it is humorless slapstick that is usually placed after "serious" moments. The movie is also very blandly directed and the cinematography is TV movie quality. Their is some good acting and a few little laughs but the film does not work as a whole. This movie is not a "feel-good" romantic comedy, it is a "feel-bad" TV movie that somehow missed the Lifetime channel.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Completely underrated! Great film!

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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