Reviewed by: Evan D. Baltz
|Featuring:||Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson|
|Distributor:||20th Century Fox Distribution|
“Feel The Love”
There is always prone to be drama when the grown children all come home for Christmas. Well, maybe in real life. In “The Family Stone” there wasn’t a great deal of drama, comedy, writing, believable situations, believable characters, or anything else worth watching. Instead, this sleigh-wreck of a holiday movie was about as enjoyable as a three year-old fruitcake.
’Twas the week before Christmas
and all through the house
was cast full of clichés
not fit for a mouse.
Mom was all foul-mouthed
and dying of cancer.
One daughter was pregnant
The other with too much to say
One son was laid back
Another was gay.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a fuss
A possible fiancé arrived arrive with son two
And the family all complained until they were blue
But I in my chair looked at my watch
Only one hour had passed, how could this be?
Hadn’t I been there already a full century?
It was about then I was hoping for a red-nosed reindeer to light my way out of the theatre. But, alas, I had no such good fortune and was instead served a plate of offensive political correctness, as “The Family Stone” discussed at their dinner table how “normal” homosexuality is and how great it was for a gay couple (one black, one deaf) to be adopting a child.
This movie was embarrassingly uneven and unbalanced. I didn’t know if it was supposed to be a comedy or something else. I guess they thought it a comedy, since there was odd slapstick thrown in here and there. Maybe it was supposed to be a melodrama—with people dying of cancer, gay couples, siblings swapping siblings, and about a dozen ridiculous subplots going on; it seemed like the writers were just brainstormed every possible scenario and never settled on an actual story.
Many a good actor was wasted, including Dermot Mulroney, Claire Daines, Diane Keaton, and Sarah Jessica Parker, just to name a few. All of their characters were actually more like caricatures, cartooning their way through overly formulaic situations and conversations.
There were about a dozen uses of the Lord’s name in vain, and a half a dozen other curse words, most spoken by the mother of the family. There was no nudity, except Diane Keaton’s character shows her mastectomy scar. Nothing says cheery Christmas movie quite like that. Then there was the whole homosexual dinner debate that sickened me. Members of the family talked about how there is probably a gay gene, and parents should actually be glad to have a gay child, and it is totally normal—and what a joy when they and their homosexual lover adopt a child. Why this was in the movie I have no idea. Well, I have one idea. Hollywood loves to ram this down our throats, even in a Christmas movie now. Homosexuality is not innate. It’s a sin, and the Bible makes that quite clear. Acceptance of sin as normal behavior makes a mockery of God’s order and creation.
Here is an early Christmas present for you all: Don’t go see this movie. There, I just saved you some money. Spend it on something nice for someone in the real world whom you love. Spend Christmas with your family, not “The Family Stone”.
As for me, I’ll be asking Santa to put a lump of coal in The Family Stone’s stockings.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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