Here Is Why You Need to Add The Family Stone to Your Holiday Watch List

Real talk: The Family Stone resonates today for its representation of gay men, liberal-leaning characters and older individuals who still get their freak on.

Every family has a collection of holiday classics they dust off and revisit every season–It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), White Christmas (1954) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), to name a few. Yuletide enthusiasts keep these oldies-but-goodies in heavy rotation, at times scoffing at more modern holiday offerings like Four Christmases (2008) and Just Friends (2005). Yes, it’s true many contemporary seasonal flicks reek of bad eggnog and fruitcake froth, but there are a few gifts lodged in the coal. The Family Stone (2005) is one of those presents–tied up in a big green bow.

The film–which turns 10 today–has a stacked cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Craig T. Nelson. Its plot is also rather interesting. Meredith (Sarah Jessica), an uptight, neurotic workaholic goes home with her boyfriend Everett (Dermot Mulroney) to meet his family for the holidays. Enter the Stones, led by mother Sybil (Diane) and father Kelly (Craig), a loosey-goosey, judgmental bunch who immediately disdain Meredith’s prim-and-proper candor. The awkward, icy rapport between Meredith and the Stones drives the film’s central conflict, reaching a fever pitch when Meredith begs her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to stay with her as an ally.

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