Family Stone, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Bittersweet Christmas comedy-drama as a New York businessman (Dermot Mulroney) brings his controlling but socially awkward fiancee (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to New England to meet the family (played by Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Craig T. Nelson among others), but sensing that everyone dislikes her, the woman invites her sister (Claire Danes) to join her for moral support, leading to romantic complications. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha's low-keyed film takes its time getting started, and is not devoid of contrivances, but the cast is excellent, and the plot ultimately leads to a moving, life-affirming conclusion. Some profanity and crude language, light sexual banter, partial nudity, a same-sex couple and their adopting a child, premarital situations, and drug references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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