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This is a guest post by Alvina Lopez.

Synopsis:

Meredith Morton, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an uptight professional who accompanies her boyfriend, conservative senator-to-be, Everett, played by Dermot Mulroney, to join in on his family’s Christmas celebration. Meredith finds herself completely out of place within his liberal, free-spirited family, and tensions rise between Meredith and Everett, who begin to realize their difference, and between Meredith and Everett’s family, who just don’t understand what he sees in her. Everett, though, determined to follow his picture perfect future plans, tells his mom, Sybil, played by Diane Keaton, that he wants to propose to Meredith and give her his grandmother’s ring for their engagement. Hilarity ensues as Sybil tries to convince her son that Meredith is not the right woman for him, cultures collide, and the dynamics among family members, couples, lovers and friends are turned upside down.

Why It’s Worth Watching:

Writer-director Thomas Bezucha did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life, and the action flows effortlessly from scene to scene. Interactions feel genuine, and there is a general sense of the routine disorder characteristic of a family gathering. To top it off, Bezucha cast veteran actors and talented newcomers to play this clashing crew and hit some sweet notes. Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson are the glue of the film. Their love for each other and their children is palpable, although they are just as thrown off by the craziness that occurs during the holiday. Sarah Jessica Parker plays an adorable stick in the mud who begins to loosen up as the plot unfolds, and Dermott Mulroney is the perfect counterpart. Rachel McAdams sort of smolders as Everett’s smart-mouthed younger sister, and Luke Wilson plays the perfect calm in the center of the storm as Everett’s academic and laid-back younger brother.

The Family Stone is the type of movie that anyone who likes a story with interesting and inspirational character journeys would love. It’s funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, all in one. At the end of the day, it’s a hilarious and endearing reminder that turmoil and sudden change can be a blessing.

Character Breakdown:

  • Sybil Stone – Diane Keaton
  • Kelly Stone – Craig T. Nelson
  • Meredith Morton – Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Everett Stone – Dermott Mulroney
  • Ben Stone – Luke Wilson
  • Julie Morton – Claire Danes
  • Amy Stone – Rachel McAdams

By-line:

Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id:alvina.lopez @gmail.com.