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The Family Stone
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Directed By
Thomas Bezucha

Written By:
Thomas Bezucha

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 Zara
April 6th, 2007

Funny? Not so much

The hook of this movie was that Sarah Jessica Parker was going to be able to play an uptight b*tch who gets her comeuppance from a family of laid back cool people. At least, that's the way that they marketed this film.

So, removing the star power from the film and just looking at it like a family in front of me, I have to say that I wouldn't like any of the a**holes in this movie. I wouldn't like them for who they were before they met this woman and I would certainly hate every last one of them after seeing what they do to her.

The mother is mean spirited, self centered and has that complex of a woman who's had too many kids and can't let them go because she has no other purpose in her life. The kids are all spoiled and believe that they can do absolutely no wrong because their mother made them the center of her universe and they have no clue how to interact with anyone who opposed them in the slightest way.

The only one who is remotely interesting is the brave eldest brother who wants to marry Parker's character, someone who is introduced as a joke from the very beginning. The woman didn't know that she was walking into the lion's den.

And I don't know why more people weren't disturbed with the swapping of spouses/girlfriends/boyfriends. All around this movie is awful.

I give it one star for Parker having trudged through this nonsense and despite having her character made one-dimensional, still being the most up front and forthright person in the entire debacle.

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Apr 9, 2007 3:55 PM
Hmmm...Zara, my dear, you have such a different view of things a lot of the time. I always walk into your reviews thinking I'll know how you felt and by the time I'm done reading them I'm always proven wrong or I've come to a realization that you're absolutely right and I can't believe I didn't see it before. (If that wasn't the longest run-on sentence ever, I don't know what is.)

On to the movie...I really liked this flick. I thought Parker's character was dorky and had too many quirky things not to be laughed at by the family...who was a bit mean, I'll admit. I thought the swapping of the boyfriends/girlfriends was neccessary, because it's never too late to realize that you connect better with someone else. And I thought the ending was super sad. Sure Rachel was a b*tch and the mom was a bit unconventional, but I thought it was a good flick.

*raising my hands to shield my face for the abuse I know is comming* ;)
Apr 9, 2007 6:07 PM
Mama isn't feeling abusive today. You came at the opportune moment.
Apr 10, 2007 12:19 PM
Awww...I was hoping for a spanking! ;)

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