Christmas Movie Reviews

The Family Stone


A few years ago, I discovered a Christmas movie I had somehow never heard about. The Family Stone was released in 2005, starring Rachel McAdams as the mean sister (Amy); Diane Keaton as the mother (Sybil); Luke Wilson as one of the siblings (Ben Stone); Craig T. Nelson as the father (Kelly Stone)… and several others. I was intrigued by the cast before watching it. The story follows an awkward Meridith Morton (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) as she visits her fiance’s (Everett Stone played by Dermot Mulroney) outgoing and outspoken family for the Christmas holiday. Wow, that was a mouthful wasn’t it? What a cast! With most Christmas-themed movies like this, I always find it hard to connect with the characters. But The Family Stone will suck you in with it’s brilliantly entertaining cast of characters, all played to near perfection.

My favorite character in this bunch would have to be Amy Stone, played by the beautiful Rachel McAdams (one of my favorite actresses). Her opening scene has Amy arriving at the Stone family house in a beat up old car. As she opens one of the back doors and pulls out a basket of laundry and some other items, she drops it all in the snow. Her reaction here was the perfect introduction to Amy as she flings a bag hanging on her shoulder to the ground angrily and starts picking up her laundry. It’s those small scenes you want to pay attention to because all of these actors played every detail of their characters so well, you start getting to know them right away.

I can watch this movie over and over again. I simply can’t get enough of McAdams and Sarah Jessica Parker’s characters, as well as everyone else. Diane Keaton plays the outgoing mother of the Family Stone brood so well that you just fall in love with her. Especially during some of the touching scenes between her and the father, Kelly (Craig T. Nelson), who also was brilliant. His reactions and mannerisms during certain situations set him apart from anything else he’s acted in. Ben Stone (Luke Wilson) was probably the best choice actor for this part. A very laid back, almost “hippie” kind of man who loves and accepts just about anyone. When the family is poking fun at Meridith, Ben remains accepting of her and always tries to find the funny and positive side of things.

I could go on and on about The Family Stone. I can say, without a doubt, that this movie is right up there at the top of my list of favorite Christmas movies. If you’ve never seen it or heard of it and you’re a fan of Christmas movies, do yourself a big favor and go find it right now! You won’t be disappointed! Merry Christmas to you!

I'm Dasher, and my name is Mike. I love the Christmas season and thoroughly enjoy the time of year from October through New Years.

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