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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

The Family Stone

2005 | United States | 103 min
aka:
  • Untitled Thomas Bezucha Project
  • Watched on Saturday Dec 5, 2020 via Amazon
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Mulroney brings his uptight, upper-crust girlfriend (played by Parker) to his tight-knit, liberal family’s Christmas get-together, where he plans to ask for his grandmother’s wedding ring. The film mixes family drama and romantic comedy but commits to neither. The stellar cast’s innate charisma shines, but the film feels ashamed of its rom-com ambitions. It raises some interesting points around inclusion, tolerance, and dialogue, only to fall back on reductive tropes. It’s a rom-com dressed up in a family drama; as if it yearns to prove it’s about more than meet-cutes, but meet-cutes are all it offers.