Becky and I went to see “The Family Stone” on Friday night. The Fandango website at Family Stone describes the movie as follows:
“In this romantic comedy, a man brings his icy girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his family. Overwhelmed by their hostile reception, she calls in her sister for emotional support, which only triggers further chaos.”
The preview will have you believing that this is a romantic comedy about an ordinary family and their crazy Christmas. The reality is that it’s about a dysfunctional family going through a mid-life crisis. The mother is the head of the household and the father is a marshmallow, each of the children has an identity crisis, with a quarter of the movie dedicated to a deaf and homosexual sibling, along with his gay husband, and their wanting to a adopt a child.
A friend of ours who saw this film said, “It’s like a bunch of friends sat around and got drunk to write this script and threw everything they could into it.”
So far this Christmas, Hollywood has released RENT about the lesbian lovers, Brokeback Mountain about the gay cowboys and now The Family Stone with the homosexual deaf son. With all the scripts that are sent to Hollywood today, it would appear that if you include something to do with gays or lesbians, you will have a far better chance of getting a movie made.
The whole movie wasn’t about the gay son, but the story is lame on so many levels it wasn’t worth the trip. Mom is sick, the one son wants to travel to see the Buddha and is marrying the wrong girl who will fall for his brother and he will fall for his fiance’s sister. There is another sister who was in the Sex in the City series with Sarah Jessica Parker who must have been given a role because she was friends with Sarah Jessica because she has no real part in the film. It’s a goofy flick all the way around, but I know that some people really liked it. We obviously didn’t.
Our recommendation is Don’t Bother unless you are interested in watching a poorly done film with a Hollywood agenda that is the complete opposite of a Norman Rockwell painting.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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