Stuart Saves His Family
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)

In this comedy, lisping, New Age feel-good therapist Stuart Smalley (a character from the television show Saturday Night Live) loses his job at a cable TV studio and ends up returning home to his distressingly dysfunctional family where he… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Joe Leydon

It isn't good enough, it isn't smart enough, and, doggone it, most people won't like Stuart Saves His Family.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The plotting is surprisingly banal, involving even talk of a property easement and turning Stuart into the executor of a relative's estate. And the relatives' problems are taken semi-seriously, which is more than this lightweight film can handle.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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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.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It was much funnier when we didn't see Stuart's family. And, if we have to see them, it would have been much funnier if they were strait-laced '50s sitcom types.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Often funny, darker than you'd expect, and firmly grounded in Franken's extensive experience of the 12-Step worldview.

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Time Out

Those familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step recovery programme may bond in sympathy. The sentimentality, however, doesn't play.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

All in all, it's a misfire -- but a misfire that's more interesting than a lot of successes.

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Played unsuccessfully for laughs, it is ploddingly directed. And proudly proclaimed as a Ramis film. After this he should change his name or profession.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Lafe Fredbjornson
I liked the Stuart Skit on Saturday Night Live; it's a funny premise of self-help addiction. The movie wasn't too bad, but the characters got a bit… More
Lanning : )
Wow . . . who woulda thunk it? Stuart Smalley is a memorable character from Al Franken's SNL days. I'm not sure I actually mean… More
Leo L
I'm not a fantatic of the Stuart character. This film directed by Harold Ramis was hilarious! I enjoyed watching the entire movie.