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      Stuart Saves His Family

      PG-13 Released Apr 12, 1995 1 hr. 35 min. Comedy List
      30% 27 Reviews Tomatometer 53% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score New Age therapist Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) tries to rid his family of substance abuse and co-dependency. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 15 Buy Now

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      Burt S It's a great comedy, Franken's a brilliant comic writer and performer and was an even better Senator. Like a number of reviewers here who loved the movie, it's hard to understand why so many others hated it. Sure it's unusual; that's what makes the really good movies really good! There's nothing else like it. Stuart to his sister who has an eating disorder, but is panicking about something and feeling desperate: "Listen -- can you get to a pound cake?" I mean...who else writes like that?? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is one of my favorite movies and I watch it every holiday season. Funny, incredibly clever, and it makes me feel good and focus on the good things in my life. I can't recommend it highly enough! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Sweet, poignant, funny. Without being vapid or cruel. I thought it did a great job with "balance", as this could easily go too far in one or another direction. It also did a good job with the backstory, which didn't make anything clunky or too trite, even with textbook issues. I loved how he acknowledges his stuff without taking himself too seriously. Maybe you need to really like satire to appreciate it? (Which I do). Many hilarious moments for me, and it's sort of like a little dose of sunshine. One of those movies that would be good to have on the shelf to pull out on occasion. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member I was taken aback by this film. It isn't so much a comedy as it is a comedy-drama where Al Franken's titular character is a doggone likeable son of a gun in an endearing plot that deals with the struggles of dysfunctional families. 
I commend this film's ambitions to be both light and heavy with a happy heart. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Well written, directed and acted. Truly an under rated flick. Funny with a lot of heart. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't say that this is a good movie, but i can say that this is an enjoyable movie. The story about Stuart's family is entertaining and sometimes relatable. I'm recommend this movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Critics Reviews

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Joe Leydon Variety It isn't good enough, it isn't smart enough, and, doggone it, most people won't like Stuart Saves His Family. May 14, 2008 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Even if you find Franken hard to bear, as I do, the movie's take on how he functions in the world is both authoritative and compelling, and the movie steadily grows in stature. May 14, 2008 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal Wisely, "Stuart Saves His Family" attempts something tougher than the usual "SNL" movie, painting a fully fleshed-out portrait of seriocomic misery. In a subgenre littered with films worth forgetting, here is one that's good enough and smart enough. Rated: 4/5 Feb 26, 2015 Full Review TV Guide Often funny, darker than you'd expect, and firmly grounded in Franken's extensive experience of the 12-Step worldview. Rated: 3/4 May 14, 2008 Full Review Film4 Played unsuccessfully for laughs, it is ploddingly directed. And proudly proclaimed as a Ramis film. After this he should change his name or profession. Rated: 0/5 May 14, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis New Age therapist Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) tries to rid his family of substance abuse and co-dependency.
      Harold Ramis
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Broadway Pictures, Constellation
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 12, 1995, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 15, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround
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