I was poised to attack "The Family Stone" because its story of a family of misfits is no match for the brilliance of " Junebug. Then sanity returned: "Junebug" intends to be a great film, and is, and "The Family Stone" intends to be a screwball comedy, and is, and all they have in common is an outsider coming into a family circle. So let's see what it is. As the movie opens, the Stones are preparing to celebrate Christmas.
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Eventually, Meredith calls for backup: She calls for her sister Julie Claire Danes , and the Stone family is immediately smitten with the more outgoing Morton. Stunningly, the only set piece missing here is a beloved family dog. And yet I love this movie unironically. I watch it every Christmas. Also, The Family Stone is fun! Every year I basically die because no one wants to listen to me talk about this movie at length. So I decided to talk to Sarah Jessica Parker about it.
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The plot follows the Christmas holiday misadventures of the Stone family in a small New England town when the eldest son, played by Mulroney, brings his uptight girlfriend played by Parker home with the intention of proposing to her with a cherished heirloom ring. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications. Set in the fictional town of Thayer, Connecticut , the story focuses on Meredith Morton, a successful Manhattan executive whose uptight, conservative demeanor is a sharp contrast to that of her boyfriend Everett Stone and his liberal and rambunctious family. Meredith is dreading meeting the rest of the family after already being given the cold shoulder during dinner with Everett's youngest sister Amy. Meredith, feeling very much an outsider during the Christmas holidays with Everett's family, opts to stay at the local inn instead of with the family and asks her sister Julie to join her for support. Everett finds himself attracted to the more outgoing Julie. Meredith desperately tries to fit in, but her strained attempt to play charades proves to be disastrous.
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