Miracle #2: Men Willing To Marry Just About Anyone.
Along with the Stones, the viewer can't help but imagine why Everett would want to marry Meredith, the Anti-Carrie Bradshaw who wears her hair in a bun, is adorned in only grey and black and is seemingly devoid of humor. We soon find out he' hoping to attain the ultimate Christmas miracle-that the "good" news of his engagement will prolong his ailing mother' life. But once Meredith' sister, Julie (Claire Danes), arrives and dazzles Everett with her free-spirited ways, he soon realizes he' with the wrong sibling. Coincidentally, Meredith, is suddenly set loose after a single night out drinking with Ben (Wilson). This leads us to miracle #3.
Miracle #3: Swapping Sisters Is Possible.
The climax of the movie involves both Stone brothers (the heterosexual, non-deaf ones) realizing that opposites do indeed attract and "complete them," so obviously Meredith hooks up long-term with the aloof Ben, while Everett macks with Julie. What does Mom think of all this? Well, let' just say, we're sure she' smiling down on everyone.
Miracles can be funny, but in The Family Stone, the shmaltz factor overpowers the already tepid humor. For all the diversity of the kin, more biting jokes could have been made at their expense. Hey, isn't that what family is for?
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