December 16, 2005, - 2:01 pm

Movie to Skip: “The Family Stone”

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If you are smart, you will skip “The Family Stone,” a dreadful movie about a “loving,” hippie-style left-wing family fighting with their son’s mean, conservative, uptight girlfriend, played by Sarah Jessica Parker.
The pot-smoking family consists of, among others, all the politically correct elements: a swearing, way-too-sexually-open mother; a gay, deaf son and his Black boyfriend (and their Black child)–the movie not me) makes a big deal about this mixed race relationship and the race of the baby; and a film editor son who lives in Berkeley.
Painful to watch. I wish I’d walked out. Wasted time from my life never to be redeemed. This “movie” was just plain awful.

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Just wanted to say thanks for the tip. I’ve been looking for an excuse not to see this movie.

Rick60174 on December 16, 2005 at 4:46 pm

Debbie, it’s sad Sarah Parker says her folks are suvivor’s.That’s why she works and has to make all the money she can anyway she can.Lucky you have not wasted your life as she.

danny on December 16, 2005 at 5:20 pm

This is disappointing. To me, it seems there are no good movies to see. I recently joined NetFlicks and I can’t think of any movies to order that are older than about 1962.
I’ve ordered a few new ones, watched about 5 minutes of them and had to turn them off, it’s so bad.
I sure won’t be ordering this one when it’s out on DVD.

Sue Bob on December 16, 2005 at 6:19 pm

I wonder why they never show any of these details in the TV trailer? Might it be they know most people would find its subject dumb and objectionable and thereby make it more difficult to separate moviegoers from their money?

Melek Taus on December 16, 2005 at 8:45 pm

“and his Black boyfriend (and their Black child)”
I am presuming Ms Schlussel supports Anti-Miscegenation Laws.

lawman on December 17, 2005 at 8:26 am

Mr. Self-described Muslim ACLU Lawyer (“lawman”):
I do not care who marries whom, as long as marriage is between one man and one woman. It is this movie, not me, that makes a point of–and frankly, a very big deal out of–the mixed race, gay, deaf couple (and the race of their baby), not me. It is a big topic in the movie. Don’t blame the messenger/reviewer (me).
Several movie critics (almost all of whom are liberal)–including the Detroit News’ Tom Long and the Detroit Free Press’ Terry Lawson–mentioned the races of this couple and the baby they are awaiting. Are they racists, too, for mentioning it–when it is an issue used in the movie to attack the uptight, conservative girlfriend, played by Parker? No. This is a bad, weak movie that must rely on stupid PC conversation in order to have any sort of dialogue–oh, and also to attack the conservative oddball caricature character.
Debbie Schlussel

Debbie Schlussel on December 17, 2005 at 6:58 pm

For me, its the device. The device of a film or TV show using an ‘alternative’ family or a deliberate conservative oddball character, and either assuming the audience will not find it leading, or even daring the audience to object. Its a constant slap in the face from American entertainment. Its transparent and whatever value a movie might have apart from the ‘device’ is lost.

Melek Taus on December 18, 2005 at 1:29 pm

If I had a horse face like butterface Sarah Jessica Parker I’d be angry, too.
Does King Kong and Chronicles of Narnia have gay characters? I was thinking about seeing both soon, but it is just not a movie without sensitive, friendly, gay people.

The_Man on December 18, 2005 at 8:58 pm

Thanks, but I don’t recall having heard of this movie anyway…
Any recommendations that you (or your readers) could provide – for good ones to see in the theater (Narnia, perhaps?), or to rent [more affordable, esp. during this time period], would be appreciated. I know that I’ve asked for this on other weblogs, but now, I don’t recall what recommendations they gave.
This may be helpful, once I’ve finally completed my papers and projects [though I don’t know when that will be 🙁 – or perhaps as a break from it all, as many of us need some time.
One more thing – Along the lines of this entry… I remember, from back before Michelle Malkin had an actual weblog on her site, she had a running commentary page there, with her articles, and corresponding material. One of her past columns, which I think may relate to this entry – though this one contains a positive recommendation, regarding a youth romantic film – is this piece, from Feb. 6, 2002:
It’s hip to be square
http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=1400
I haven’t seen that film; I’ve been kind of saving it for the right time… But it sounds good.

Aakash on December 19, 2005 at 5:53 am

I’m anxious to see “Chronicles of Narnia.” At a local sort of art house type theatre here in Nashville, http://www.belcourt.org/, they are playing “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the big screen, which I’ll try to catch.
I can’t wait until tomorrow when “The Great Raid” is supposed to be available on DVD. I am forever grateful to Debbie for reviewing and recommending this as I would have skipped it, otherwise.

Jeff_W on December 19, 2005 at 8:50 am

Sounds like the usual drivel. It almost sounds like a spoof with the deaf nancy brother and his black flamer trying to adopt some brat to corrupt.

Dumbo on December 19, 2005 at 9:29 am

This is another of Hollyweird’s attempt to re-define the family by promoting destructive, LIBERAL bilge like this movie.

Thee_Bruno on December 19, 2005 at 1:59 pm

With “The Family’s Stoned”, and “Bareback Mountain”, Hollyweird is still wondering why movie receipts are down this year.

Thee_Bruno on December 19, 2005 at 2:37 pm

They should have made King Kong gay.

The_Man on December 19, 2005 at 11:14 pm

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