The new dramedy starring Diane Keaton and Claire Danes
Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulroney, Rachel McAdams, Craig T Nelson, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J White
Whack on the Windows Movie Maker, put in a couple of my own family Christmas videos, and make clips of all the most eventful bits. You’d get something pretty close to “The Family Stone”. Eventful, sure, but does that mean you shouldn’t have spared a couple more moments where we’re merely getting to know everyone that’s sitting around the tree just that little bit better?
That’s the main problem with writer/director’s Thomas Bezucha’s dramedy. We just don’t get to know the characters well enough to really connect to them. It tries earnestly to push your buttons – ‘laugh now’, ‘cry now’, ‘aww now’ – but many just won’t ‘feel it’.
Still, that doesn’t mean this all-star festive offering isn’t entertaining – it most certainly is. All the ingredients that make up for a perfect Christmas comedy are here – slip-ups, mismatched couples, squabbles, food fights, tantrums, crushes, embarrassing moments, revelations. In fact, the only thing missing seems to be Chevy Chase. Crazy families at Yuletide are always easy to watch, the Stone’s are no exception.
In a nutshell: One of the son’s (Dermot Mulroney) is bringing his new girlfriend – who he plans to pop the question too over the course of the holiday – home to meet the family for Christmas. Unfortunately, she (Sarah Jessica Parker), a snooty Manhattan-ite in a designer suit, doesn’t mesh well with the bohemian clan – led by Mum and Dad Diane Keaton and Craig T.Nelson – and Christmas starts to look rather grim. [Full Review]
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.