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The Family Stone
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Directed By
Thomas Bezucha

Written By:
Thomas Bezucha

Cast:
Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Schneider, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Brian J. White, Tyrone Giordano

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The Family Stone (2005)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
March 5th, 2007

New Holiday Classic

Ah, the holidays. The time for me to digest as many films as possible before obsessing about award's season. A time for me to visit my insane family and remind myself that yes, I do act like that. A time to laugh, a time to cry, and most certainly a time for a good dysfunctional family film to make me feel better about my own dysfunctional family. I have romanced 'The Ref' and 'Home For The Holidays' and now I add 'The Family Stone' to that beloved list.

The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker as the serious girlfriend to the oldest (Dermot Mulroneyin a very liberal north-eastern family. She is uptight, they are laid-back: should make for one cheesy stereotype about lame-o straight-laced types, but wait. As she endures the trials of his mother (Diane Keaton) hating her, his sister (Rachel McAdams) mocking her and his brother (Luke Wilson, never better) hitting on her, Parker's Meredith begins to unravel and become more human. When her sister (Claire Danes)arrives and is immediatly loves by all, Meredith begins to express herself beyond her comfort level and understand that maybe she did not want all she thought she did.

The plot is touching, not cheesy. The acting is brilliant, not over-the-top. The cast is stellar, not without chemistry. This film is a new holiday classic.

And added props to McAdams, who (despite being my Canuck homegirl) is quickly becoming America's sweetheart despite playing such varied and unforgiving roles.

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