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The Family Stone

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Diane Keaton doesn't like rehearsals, Luke Wilson was the set jester and everyone had a lovely time filming. These and few other factoids will yet glean from the plentiful but bland extras (two chat-tracks, deleted scenes, brief featurettes) on The Family Stone, a schmaltzy slapstick effort torn between Terms Of Endearment and Meet The Fockers.

Workaholic Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) goes to stay with the family of boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney). Being laidback boho types, they take an instant dislike to her - all except Everett's brother, Ben (Wilson). Outnumbered, Meredith asks her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to join them. Everyone loves her, especially Everett... The rest you can guess.

The modern romcom quirks are all present - Everett's brother is gay, deaf, in a mixed-race relationship and having a surrogate child - and Parker's wardrobe is exquisite, but even the most ardent Sex And The City fan will find little to aspire to here.

 

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