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The Family Stone

children & family, comedy, drama, romance


Chaos reigns when a son, intent on proposing to his uptight girlfriend, brings her home for Christmas and his entire family hates her, except for his off-beat brother, who is instantly smitten.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    51%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Bittersweet story won't appeal to younger teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy focuses on family tensions emerging when grown children come home for the Christmas holidays. Characters argue and pout; brothers fight, causing black eyes and cut cheeks. Characters drink at a bar, to the point that one passes out and doesn't remember how she ends up in her fianc's brother's bed. One character is accused of racism, homophobia, and general "uptightness." While it's mainly comedic, the movie also includes a plot thread where a character is dying of cancer (brief glimpse of her mastectomy scar).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the family relationships. How do the kids' behaviors resemble their parents'? How do the Stones come to see their presumed open-mindedness as insular and judgmental? How might Meredith's transformation from tense to sociable (here pushed along by a night of drinking), be achieved in a less stereotypical way?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    51%
    reviews counted: 4
    see all The Family Stone reviews
  • Audience

    63%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The movie feels a lot like slacker brother Ben: a little sloppy, mostly predictable, some flashes of poignancy and wisdom, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential.

- Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh:

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Probably not exactly what you would expect when you sit down to watch a Christmas movie. (Meaning generally they are feel good fluff or kidsy!). This deals with a few issues such as illness (without giving too much away), and mainly centres on Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Meredith, who is meeting her boyfriend's family for the first time, (most of whom are really stuck up and full of themselves). Admittedly, she is socially awkward and puts her foot in it a few times, but I still found her sympathetic and the Stone family, with the exception of Luke Wilson as Ben, pretty damn horrible. Great cast including Claire Danes and Rachel McAdams. Though it is not rated all that well, I actually like this one. It does get a bit silly at the end and sentimental, but that is typical of a Christmas film, and I did like how things turned out for Meredith. The thing I liked about this was that it had a bit of depth to the story and something we don't normally see in a film of it's type.

- romy861, Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 stars

Funny at times but this is not one of my favorite movies.

- movieguru12, Wednesday, August 4, 2010

5 stars

Heartwarming. Everyone in this film was exceptional. The acting was outstanding and the story was cleverly and beautifully written. You don't except the ending and Sarah Jessica Parker really did have a good role in this film. A must see!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011