Everett brings his fiancé Meredith home to meet his family for the Christmas holiday. It's an instant disaster when Everett's parents, Sybil and Kelly, agree with their gay, deaf son Thad, pot-smoking son Ben and daughters Amy and Susannah that Meredith is way too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Wanting to please Everett and get along with his family, Meredith recruits her sister Julie to help her thaw the Stone family cold front.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Tyrone Giordano, Brian White, Elizabeth Reaser.
Director of photography, Jonathan Brown ; editor, Jeffrey Ford ; music, Michael Giacchino ; costume designer, Shay Cunliffe ; production designer, Jane Ann Stewart.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Special features: Commentary by Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermot Mulroney; commentary by director Thomas Bezucha, producer Michael London, editor Jeffrey Ford and production designer Jane Ann Stewart; 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Thomas Bezucha and editor Jeffrey Ford; Fox Movie Channel presents casting session; Fox Movie Channel presents World Premiere; behind-the-scenes featurette; Q&A with the cast at the Screen Actor's Guild theatre; gag reel; 2 Easter eggs: Family Stone sings "It came upon a midnight clear" and snow globe ambulance.
Consensus: This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.
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