- "The Family Stone" was released in December 2005.
- Even though the film wasn't a critical hit, it's since become a Christmas classic.
- The film features many stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.
The film follows Everett Stone, played by Dermot Mulroney, as he heads back to his family's home in Connecticut at Christmas to introduce his girlfriend, Meredith, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Meredith, who brings her sister along for support, doesn't make the best impression on the family.
In the film, Everett's mother, Sybil, is played by Diane Keaton. She reveals to her family that her breast cancer is back, and the film follows as her kids each deal with the news in their own way.
Keaton, 76, is easily the most famous, and most iconic, actress in the cast. By the time she appeared in "The Family Stone," she had an Oscar and three nominations under her belt, plus two Golden Globes and seven more nominations.
Since "Stone," she's continued to appear in mostly rom-coms, like "Morning Glory," "Because I Said So," "The Big Wedding," "Love the Coopers," and "Mack & Rita."
In 2018, she appeared in the comedy "Book Club" alongside Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. The film was such a success that "Book Club 2 — The Next Chapter," is set for 2023.
While Sybil is the louder, more upfront parent, Kelly, a college professor, is more laidback and sweet — although, when Meredith puts her foot in her mouth regarding Thad and Patrick, who are adopting a child, Kelly loses his temper.
Nelson, 78, is best known for his roles in "Coach," "Parenthood" and as Mr. Incredible himself in "The Incredibles."
He's also appeared in films like "Soul Surfer," "Blades of Glory," "The Proposal," and "Book Club." Nelson will reprise his role as Bruce, the husband of Mary Steenburgen's character, in the 2023 sequel.
Nelson can also be seen on "Young Sheldon."
Everett begins the film as relatively uptight compared to his siblings, though still not as high-maintenance as his girlfriend, Meredith. When he brings Meredith home for the holiday, he announces his intention to propose.
Mulroney, 59, has had a steady stream of TV roles dating back to the '90s, starting with "Friends" all the way through "New Girl," "Shameless," "Arrested Development," "The Righteous Gemstones," "Station 19," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," and, next year, as the president of the United States in the upcoming Marvel Disney+ series "Secret Invasion."
The actor is also rom-com royalty from his performance in "My Best Friend's Wedding" alongside Julia Roberts, whom he reunited with on the TV series "Homecoming."
In 2023, Mulroney will also appear in films "Scream VI," "Lights Out," and "Shooting Stars."
Meredith isn't as relaxed as the Stones, and alienates them with her workaholic tendencies, her formality, and her burning desire to make a good impression. Plus, she clears her throat a lot.
Parker, 57, is best known for playing Bradshaw in all six seasons of "Sex and the City," its two film sequels, and the HBO Max sequel series "And Just Like That," which will premiere its second season in 2023.
She has played other roles, though, including her leading role in the HBO series "Divorce," her performance as Sarah Sanderson in "Hocus Pocus" and "Hocus Pocus 2," and other films like "Failure to Launch," "Did You Hear About the Morgans?," and "I Don't Know How She Does It."
She's also continued her theater career, most recently appearing in Broadway's "Plaza Suite" alongside her husband, Matthew Broderick.
Ben is a film editor who flies in from California to be with his family during the holidays. He's seen as the family slacker.
Wilson, 51, was one of the biggest stars of the early 2000s, appearing in films like "Legally Blonde," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Old School," "Scream 2," and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."
Since then, Wilson has continued to act frequently, though more so in supporting roles. Recently, he appeared in two Netflix films as the dad role, "All the Bright Places" and "Look Both Ways."
Although "Legally Blonde 3" has been announced, it's unclear if Wilson will be reprising his role as Emmett.
For how uptight and closed-off Meredith is, her younger sister is the opposite: effervescent, self-deprecating, and warm. Perhaps that's why Everett takes such an immediate liking to her, much to the dismay of Meredith.
At the time of "Stone," Danes, now 43, was still well-known for playing Angela in the one-season wonder "My So-Called Life" and for playing Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in "Romeo + Juliet" in 1996.
Now, Danes will forever be linked with her CIA-handler character Carrie Mathison in "Homeland," which lasted for eight seasons and earned her two Emmys (and three nominations). Since it wrapped in 2020, she's starred in two more series, Apple TV+'s "The Essex Serpent" and Hulu's "Fleishman Is in Trouble."
Amy is probably the most well-liked character from the film, as she gets all the best lines and says what everyone is thinking, even though it's sometimes hurtful.
The year before "Stone," McAdams, now 44, had had a huge year, starring in both "The Notebook" and "Mean Girls," two of her most iconic roles.
She continued to rack up roles in popular films such as "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Sherlock Holmes," "Morning Glory," "Midnight in Paris," "The Vow," "About Time," "Southpaw," "Game Night," "Disobedience," and "Spotlight," which garnered her an Oscar nomination.
McAdams is also part of the MCU, playing Dr. Christine Palmer in both "Doctor Strange" films and "What If…?"
Thad is a total sweetheart, and he has the most empathy for Meredith out of all the siblings.
Giordano, 46, has acted sporadically since "Stone," most recently appearing in three episodes of "Honkers" and an episode of "CSI" in 2011.
He's part of Deaf West, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to putting deaf actors on stage, most famously their production of "Spring Awakening." Giordano appeared in a production of "Edward Albee's Home at the Zoo" in 2017.
Patrick also had to deal with some resistance from the Stones when he began dating Thad, so he was able to relate to Meredith's struggles, as well.
White, 47, has acted frequently since "Stone," appearing in films such as "The Game Plan," "The Cabin in the Woods," and many more TV films.
He starred alongside Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula in "Men of a Certain Age" from 2009 to 2011, before recurring in "Hostages" and "Mistresses."
From 2018 to 2019, he starred in "Bronx SIU," which earned him multiple Daytime Emmy nominations. Most recently he starred in "The Black Hamptons."
Susannah is the only Stone sibling with children — in the film, she has a daughter, and she is pregnant during the holidays.
To many, Reaser, 47, will always be Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca from season three of "Grey's Anatomy." To many more, she's the matriarch of the Cullen clan, Esme, in all five "Twilight" films.
But, her most notable role of the last few years is Shirley Crain in "The Haunting of Hill House," one of Netflix's most beloved original series.
Meredith meets Brad while she's out at a bar decompressing with Ben, and she invites him to breakfast at the Stones' home on Christmas morning.
Schneider, 46, played Mark Brendanawicz for the first two seasons of "Parks and Recreation" before leaving and getting replaced with Adam Scott and Rob Lowe — a tough break.
But he's continued to act since then, popping up in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Bright Star," "Water for Elephants," "Rules Don't Apply," the upcoming "American Murder," and the TV series "NOS4A2" and "Florida Man."