The Family Stone

The Movie Snob goes off:

The Family Stone (F). I had been warned that the trailers do not accurately preview this movie–that it’s not really a comedy at all, but a drama with a few lighthearted moments. I was not warned that it is also an insufferably smug movie that would suffocate me in every P.C. cliche yet devised by the mind of man. To top it off, it stars the unappealing Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City). On the plus side, her character is supposed to be unappealing, so at least the casting people did their job right. I loathed her from the moment she first appeared on screen, having not one but two conversations on her cell phone while wandering around a department store where her long-suffering boyfriend is doing some Christmas shopping. Romantic subplots abound, but they’re completely preposterous from beginning to end. Ultimately, I didn’t need my handkerchief once, but an airsickness bag would have come in handy. Avoid at all costs.

7 comments on “The Family Stone

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  2. […] the California-based Braverman family—the patriarch and matriarch, played by Craig T. Nelson (The Family Stone) and Bonnie Bedelia (Diehard), and their four grown children (Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia), and […]

  3. […] film chronicles the efforts of its heroine, Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams, The Family Stone) in turning around a struggling morning network TV show. In the process she battles an executive […]

  4. […] and both Isaac and Yale find themselves attracted to unattached intellectualoid Mary (Diane Keaton, The Family Stone). The problem, for me, is that Isaac (Woody Allen, Take the Money and Run) is 42 and Tracy (Mariel […]

  5. […] Maggie (Wiig) drags him away from L.A. to stay with her and her amiable husband Lance (Luke Wilson, The Family Stone) for a while in some small town in New York.  Milo and Maggie haven’t spoken for ten years, so […]

  6. […] with the lame preacher (Yoakam) is among the worst. Still, I’d rather see this than see The Family Stone […]

  7. […] (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Begin Again), Liev Schreiber (The Painted Veil), and even Rachel McAdams (The Family Stone), who is not usually one of my favorites.  I put an asterisk on the grade only to note that my […]

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