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Still shot from the movie: The Family Stone.

The Family Stone

It's a frosty Christmas for the Stone family when the parents (Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson) and their divergent adult children gather together and give a chilly reception to Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) who is threatening to marry Everett, the eldest son (Dermot Mulroney). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 103
Theater Release: 15 Dec 2005
Video Release: 02 May 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How did Meredith’s nervous anxiety about spending time with the Stones make her appear even more abrasive? What, if anything, might Sybil and Amy have done to ease the tension?

During dinner, Meredith questions Thad about his sexual orientation. Do you think she was honestly looking for an opinion, or merely wanting a way of voicing her own? What does Sybil’s remarks reveal about how she has raised her sons? Do you think there is anything in a person’s “environment” which may factor into their sexual orientation, or does it have any affect at all?

The Stones are very accepting of Thad’s lifestyle, yet they are intolerant of Meredith. Is this a double standard?

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