Film / The Family Stone
The Family Stone
is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Produced by Michael London and distributed by 20th Century Fox, it stars an ensemble cast, including Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker
, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams
, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J. White, and Elizabeth Reaser.
The plot follows the Christmas holiday misadventures of the Stone family in a small New England town when the eldest son, played by Mulroney, brings his uptight girlfriend (played by Parker) home with the intention of proposing to her with a cherished heirloom ring. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.
The Family Stone was released in North America on November 26, 2005 and was a moderate critical and commercial success, with a worldwide gross of over US$92.2 million. While Parker was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance, Keaton, Nelson and McAdams garnered a Satellite Award nomination each. In addition, McAdams was awarded a Teen Choice Award the following year.
Not to be confused with Sly And The Family Stone
- Adorkable: Shockingly, Meredith, once she's had a few drinks.
- Black Sheep: Subverted with Everett, who has the appearances of a buttoned-up Manhattan executive, but is really just like the rest of his family.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: The Stone family has this kind of vibe going on.
- Brutal Honesty: Rachel McAdams describes Amy as someone who isn't mean insomuch as she just calls things as she sees them.
- Camp Gay: Thad is a slightly milder example.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: The whole family uses sign language because younger brother Thad is (at least partially) deaf.
- Jerkass: The whole family is this when they first meet Meredith. Heck, the teaser poster uses the wedding ring finger to flip you off, so that should be a clue.
- Let's be honest. With the exception of Clair Danes and maybe Luke Wilson, everyone else in the movie is a jerkass. First prize has to be split between Macadams and Keaton. They both play their characters as a pair of spiteful women filled with repressed rage, looking to pick a fight with anyone who crosses their path. It's not just the dinner scene that shows this. Watch the scene where Keaton's character walks into the kitchen and sees that there isn't a fresh pot of coffee immediately ready for her. Her reaction is pretty much the same as if she'd found the coffee pot full of fresh dog shit. It seems like before the filming started, the two of them went to the director to get some insight on how to play their characters, and all he said was "It's not complicated. Your characters are a pair of bitch-whores. Run with it." And that's exactly what they did.
- Mood Whiplash: The dinner scene.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: No one in the family likes Meredith at all. Amy most especially. They do come to far warmer relations by the end.
- Pun-Based Title: A Multiple Reference Pun, referring to the family name (making them The Family Stone) and the heriloom ring (the family stone).
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Straitlaced Meredith and artistic Julie.
- The Stoner: Ben.
- Trailers Always Lie: The movie trailer made it seem like a comedy... which is a bit of a stretch, to say the least.
- Wham Line: When Sybill reveals she's sick to Everett.
- It's pretty hard to sell such a wham line when the character is so unlikable that by the time of the reveal, not a single moviegoer gave a rat's ass.