The Family Stone wants to be many things. It wants to be funny and touching and warm-hearted, like any good holiday film, but aspiration is not achievement and The Family Stone proves it.
Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, the story starts with Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) bringing his uptight girlfriend, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), home for Christmas to meet his family. The Stones take an immediate disliking to Meredith she’s corporate, they’re earthy forcing her into a downward spiral where she tries ever harder to win their approval. Sort of like Meet the Parents… at Christmastime… without the laughs.
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