The Family Stone
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.
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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
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
The cast give it their best shot, but they can't save this film from a script full of contrived drama and jarring tone inconsistencies. When the film is trying to be dramatic, it feels like a Lifetime channel movie. The relationships are unbelievable and the family comes across as unpleasant and mean. When the film is trying to be funny, it is humorless slapstick that is usually placed after "serious" moments. The movie is also very blandly directed and the cinematography is TV movie quality. Their is some good acting and a few little laughs but the film does not work as a whole. This movie is not a "feel-good" romantic comedy, it is a "feel-bad" TV movie that somehow missed the Lifetime channel.
- fb100002384654145, Friday, April 27, 2012