Holiday gatherings give screenwriters ideal circumstances in which to portray the comic and/or dramatic interaction within large families when they come together for one big special occasion. It’s even better if that family is eccentric or dysfunctional - and better still when an outsider is introduced into the group and quickly realises that he or she is way out of sync with this curious company.
The Family Stone provides the kind of comic situation that delivers on all counts. The Stones are a bohemian New England family who unite for the Christmas season and are thrown into turmoil when the eldest son, Everett (Dermot Mulroney), comes home from Manhattan with his girlfriend, Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), a tightly wound, high strung, immaculately groomed career woman whose controlling, rigid personality brings awkwardness, confusions and hostility to the Stone household.
At the heart of the family is its outspoken, strong-willed matriarch, Sybil (Diane Keaton) whose husband, Kelly (Craig T Nelson) is an offbeat, laid back college professor. Everett’s brother, Ben (Luke Wilson) is an unpredictable, sometimes mischievous film editor who lives on the West Coast. Amy (Rachel McAdams), the guys’ sister, has an honesty that borders on meanness and she displays the most open hostility toward Meredith. Completing the clan are two other siblings, Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser) and Thad (Ty Giordano), the youngest son who is both deaf and gay.
Trying to relate to the Stones, Meredith instead finds herself making matters worse and she enlists the help of her sister, the much less uptight Julie (Claire Danes) who arrives to give her moral support… but brings, instead, more complications.
* Audio Commentary from Cast & Crew
* Easter Eggs
* Deleted Scenes
* Gag Reel
* Casting Session featurette
* Behind-the-Scenes featurette
* Guild Theater featurette
* World Premiere featurette
In Her Shoes:
One is a party girl who steals, lies and leeches off anyone she can. She believes that her looks will get her through anything, but her idea of sex is a drunken fumble in a bathroom during a high school reunion during which even the remotest hint of romance is demolished when she throws up. The other is a lawyer with low self-esteem and an ordered life which, when it includes a man, is something that she confesses, “does not usually happen to her”. At the moment, however, she has found herself in bed with her boss, Jim (Richard Burgi) and she likes him a lot. Maggie and Rose Feller (Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette) are sisters who could not be more unalike. When their differences finally push them apart they ultimately discover - through a grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) whose existence has been kept secret from them by their father (Ken Howard) - that they are incomplete without each other.
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* Audio Commentary by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
* 13 Deleted Scenes
* Alternate Red Sox Ending
* Gag Reel
* Two Internet Featurettes - Love Triangle, Break The Curse
* Making a Scene Featurette
* Theatrical Trailer
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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