Family Stone, The (2005, USA) C-103m. *** D: Thomas Bezucha. Starring Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson. Comedy drama set around X-Mas, when the title family have a reunion, and eldest son Mulroney is bringing his fiancée Parker, who everybody seems to dislike. Character-driven drama scores thanks to good performances and just the right amount of melodrama. No classic, but enjoyable. Written by the director.

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