The Family Stone (2005)

Director
Thomas Bezucha

Main cast
Claire Danes; Diane Keaton; Rachel McAdams; Dermot Mulroney; Sarah Jessica Parker

Genres
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Description
An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.


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