31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 6 – The Family Stone

Welcome to my 31 Days of Christmas movie marathon.  This is a feature where I watch a different Christmas movie every day from now until Christmas.  The rules are simple: The movie has to be something I haven’t already seen and I must watch at least one Christmas-themed movie a day from now until December 25th.  They’ll be some bad ones and hopefully a lot of great ones.  Why put myself through this?  Because it’s a good way to catch up on a lot of Christmas movies and a good way to satisfy my OCD.

On the sitxh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… The Family Stone

I’m glad I saw this movie early on in my marathon.  Hopefully, by the time I reach my 31st movie this one will be erased from my memory forever.

I’m pretty certain that this film’s humor is supposed to derive from its fish out of water story line.  Socially awkward and uptight Meridith (Sarah Jessica Parker) is the houseguest visiting her boyfriend’s family, the Stones.  The Stones themselves are a bunch of deplorable characters who pride themselves as liberal free-thinkers when they are anything but.  They’re rude, obnoxious and just downright mean.  With there not being one likable character with any redeemable qualities I was left  wondering how it is that such an asinine script ever got made into a movie, especially a Christmas movie, in the first place.

I’m not opposed to movies featuring nothing but non-likable characters, as is evident in my adoration for Casino, A Clockwork OrangeRequiem For A Dream, and most recently, A Christmas Tale, but there’s a difference between those movies and this one.  Those movies are all exceptional sculpted works of art, whereas The Family Stone is the result of what happens when you give a toddler some Play-doh.  I’m fairly certain that it was not the writer’s intention to have everyone on screen come off as being a total jerkface.

I’m trying really hard to restrain myself from trashing this movie any further than I already have, which is why I’ll spare you the details on the ridiculous sibling swap love rhombus storyline, and the sad attempt at eliciting emotion through the first movie portrayal of a cancer victim whom [SPOILER ALERT] I wish would die sooner than she did.

Please let this movie be the last shitty Christmas movie that I have to endure during this marathon.


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One Comment on “31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 6 – The Family Stone”

  1. Reid
    December 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Adam I sat through this movie on a plane one time, and have to say that it might be indeed the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Well played.

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