The Family Stone
Hard to categorize this movie. It’s a drama, it’s a comedy, it’s a family movie, it’s a chick flick – it’s a little bit of everything. The premise is that Dermot Mulroney brings home his new girlfriend, Sarah Jessica Parker, home for Christmas to meet the family. Diane Keaton, always wonderful and especially so in this part is his mom. Rachel McAdams is the judgemental sister with issues of her own. Luke Wilson is the kick-back brother with his own unique wisdom. When things don’t go as well as planned, Claire Danes comes in as SJP’s sister and then secrets are revealed, real personalities come out, relationships are thrown up in the air and somehow everything works out. Some funny bits, and some sad ones, too – well written, well acted.