The Family Stone

Twentieth Century-Fox presents a film directed and written by Thomas Bezucha. Running time: 102 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual content including dialogue and drug references).

 

In the neighborhood of family comedies I was expecting good things from this film. And I mean family comedies in the sense that it looked like a comedy about a certain family, not that it is rated accordingly for little creatures like children. The preview was funny and quirky and made me think of one of the greatest holiday films around, Home for the Holidays. That film had its mix of humor and drama, but remained very consistent to the material and the characters. This film on the other hand felt dry and forced at every turn.

 

This is not a bad film, but it does suffer from noticeably bad editing and such dramatic u-turns into the overly melodramatic that can send you into a shock of uncomfortable silence. The cast does everything in their very capable hands to make this a watchable and charming film, but despite the best efforts of Rachael McAdams, Luke Wilson, Sara Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, and even Coach Craig T. Nelson.

 

Worth a look and even a second thought but it won’t make the exclusive holiday cut that already includes Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Mixed Nuts and It’s a Wonderful Life.

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~ by fumikaelson on June 18, 2006.

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