Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Popcorn mini: The Family Stone

Saw The Family Stone on New Year's Day, and I have to say it was one of the more enjoyable films I've seen. It's a nice blend of comedy and drama that keeps you laughing one minute and induces melancholy the next. The film revolves around Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney of My Best Friend's Wedding fame) bringing home his workaholic, uptight girlfriend Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) to meet the rest of his rather...eh..."special" family for Christmas. His family includes matriarch Sybil (Diane Keaton, in other great role), his father (Craig T. Nelson...remember Coach ?), his brother the "documentary filmmaker" turned pot-addict (Luke Wilson), sister Anne (Rachel McAdams...that girl is awesome in whatever, I'm telling you) whose NPR tote bag tells you everything you need to know, and another brother whose deaf and gay who comes along with his partner, who is black. It's a real fun mix, and it gets better as worlds collide and Meredith has to call in her sister, Julie (a great Claire Danes) for reinforcement. Not something that's going to win Oscars, but it's a well done film that I found really enjoyable.

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