MELTING THE HEARTS OF STONE — A REVIEW

What would it take for an uptight corporate executive, meeting her boyfriend’s family at Christmas, to finally win them over? It doesn’t look like it could possibly happen, and every time Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) opens her mouth, she seems to put her foot in it.

Her boyfriend Everett (Dermot Mulroney) tries hard, but serving as a buttress between his family’s hijinks and his girlfriend’s faux pas could be more trouble than it’s worth.

From the matriarch Sybil (Diane Keaton) down to the youngest upstart Amy (Rachel McAdams), Meredith has her work cut out for her. Only brother Ben (Luke Wilson) seems to understand her at all.

Then her sister Julie (Claire Danes) comes into town, and things seemingly turn on a dime.

How will Meredith finally learn to fit in? And what will finally bring about a “melting” of the hearts of Stone?

The Family Stone (Full Screen Edition) is a unique mixture of humor and emotion, played out against a backdrop of a very memorable Christmas. The cast is wonderful and the characters completely believable as they fill the screen with heartfelt and quirky moments in a challenging holiday get-together.  Five stars.

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