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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: 22
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  • Audience

    63%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, January 5, 2006

Fresh: It plays almost like Terms of Endearment crossed with the feel-good yule romance Love Actually.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, December 16, 2005

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

Audience Reviews

0 star

It's always nice to see someone bring his fiance in for the holidays for his family to meet only to have everyone make her feel less than welcomed and come right out and say "we hate you." Not only that but how bad is it for that poor woman's sister to come in and be welcomed instead and have the dying mother think that she's a better match for him than his fiance. F*CK THESE GUYS! They are horrible people!

- aSpaceCowboy, Tuesday, June 21, 2011

0 star

It's always nice to see someone bring his fiance in for the holidays for his family to meet only to have everyone make her feel less than welcomed and come right out and say "we hate you." Not only that but how bad is it for that poor woman's sister to come in and be welcomed instead and have the dying mother think that she's a better match for him than his fiance. F*CK THESE GUYS! They are horrible people!

- aSpaceCowboy, Tuesday, June 21, 2011

3 stars

It's Christmas, and the Stone family is welcoming back all its siblings for the holidays,Its supposed to be the season of good will, but theres not much of it going round in The Family Stone. Diane Keaton plays the head of the clan and leads the assault on Sarah Jessica Parker as the uptight New Yorker who threatens to marry her son (Dermot Mulroney).the entire family instantly dislikes Meredith - except for Ben, who clearly digs her,well various tensions emerge that include Sybils refusal to let Everett propose to Meredith with his grandmothers ring and a distraught Meredith brings in her sister Julie (Claire Danes) for support, and that causes more problems when Everett falls for her.

- BEACHBUNNI, Tuesday, April 12, 2011