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The family Stone - Claire Danes, Tyrone Giordano, Diane Keaton, Thomas Bezucha

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Movie propaganda

Feel the love.

Follows the Stone family as they unite in a common cause when the favourite son arrives home for the holidays with his uptight girlfriend. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception from the family, she begs her sister to join her and lend emotional support, only to trigger more complications.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy family holiday girlfriend Christmas in-law

Persons of interest

  • Claire Danes .... Julie Morton
  • Tyrone Giordano .... Thad Stone
  • Jamie Kaler .... John Trousdale
  • Diane Keaton .... Sybil Stone
  • Rachel McAdams .... Amy Stone
  • Dermot Mulroney .... Everett Stone
  • Craig T Nelson .... Kelly Stone
  • Sarah Jessica Parker .... Meredith Morton
  • Elizabeth Reaser .... Susannah Stone
  • Paul Schneider .... Brad Stevenson
  • Brian J White .... Patrick
  • Luke Wilson .... Ben Stone
  • Thomas Bezucha .... Screenwriter
  • Thomas Bezucha .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The family Stone is insane not just as a Christmas unit but as individuals as well. Their insanity is probably genetic - they are all crazy in the same direction - but there could well be a large portion of brainwashing, too. The Stones are about as laid-back as a family of middle-class, white, liberal, wacky over-breeders can be, which is also - perhaps - how they have all come to be so nuts. Throw in a stick-up-the-arse, finger-down-the-throat, hair-pulled-back-so-tight-it-could-be-painted-on power chick and you have set the pigeon among the cats. Or the fish out of water.

The family Stone is a romantic Christmas comedy so everyone who isn't married, and is old enough and heterosexual enough, ends up at the altar. It also won't surprise you when the surprise twist comes up (heck, I guessed it before I even saw the movie) but it does show that some thought went into the making. Have a happy summer solstice and post-Christian calendar cyclic beginning.

Security censorship classification

M (Mature themes)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 1 January 2006

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