Cover of The Family Stone (Widescreen Edition)
I enjoy watching this Christmas movie. Poor Meredith! She does need to learn to relax! Love the twist in the storyline. It worked out for the better...definitely!
Set in the fictional town of Thayer, Connecticut, the story focuses on Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), a successful Manhattan executive whose uptight, conservative demeanor is a sharp contrast to that of her boyfriend Everett Stone's (Dermot Mulroney) liberal and rambunctious family. He has four siblings:
Amy (Rachel McAdams) is a school teacher pursuing her Masters Degree, and an NPR supporter, who had previously met Meredith and took an immediate disliking to her.
Thad (Tyrone Giordano) is a deaf and gay architect who lives in Boston and is contemplating adoption with his African-American partner Patrick (Brian J. White).
Ben (Luke Wilson) is a stoner who makes documentary films and lives in Berkeley; he finds an immediate attraction to Meredith.
Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser), A housewife who has a young daughter, Elizabeth (Savannah Stehlin), and is expecting her second child.
The Stones' father, Kelly (Craig T. Nelson), is also an architect, and their mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), a bohemian type who is dealing with the recurrence of a fatal illness. It's implied that she had breast cancer previously, which has since metastasized.
The title is a play on the family's name and a reference to an heirloom ring that Everett wants to give to Meredith when he proposes to her.