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The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, starring an ensemble cast that includes 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 film 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Pun-Based Title: A Multiple Reference Pun, referring to the family name (making them The Family Stone) and the heirloom ring (the family stone).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Strait-laced Meredith and artistic Julie. There's also career man Everett with the more laid-back Ben.
  • 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.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Two examples: Thad, a deaf gay man, is engaged to a black gay man named Patrick.
  • Wham Line: When Sybill reveals she's sick to Everett.

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