If you want a movie that will have you screaming a day later (like myself) then watch this movie. This movie is so frustrating.
It starts off being like movies showing the family Christmas scene that portray a perfect loving family how everyone is so loving and adorable. Though, a little fake, you are still feeling this will be a warm hearted movie. No way! Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) are heading to his parents home for Christmas- you know to meet the family.
Meredith is pretty nerved racked about it. It's a big thing after all. She's a little bit tight and could do with relaxing but the family after hearing from Everett's sister Amy (Rachel McAdams), that Meredith is stuck up and also after witnessing Meredith's preferring a handshake than a hug to Everett's father, in no way tried to get to know her but just judged her straight away that she was stuck up and not worth knowing. The two worst characters are Amy and the mother (Diane Keaton) who didn't even try to get to know her, and definitely didn't try and make her feel welcome, this was left to the father after Everett told his family to stop being so rude for the umpteenth time, and said he was most disappointed in his father.
The sister Amy while playing charades gave Meredith one that was so mean "Brides wear black" and then accused her of pointing to the black boyfriend of one of the brothers. Not only this, Mrs Stone and Amy make Meredith feel like it is the biggest crime as she didn't want to sleep in Everett's room as she thought it would be awkward and wanted to respect the family. Sorry, but I can understand that.
Next the little girls decide to draw over Meredith's really good white heels in pink right in front of the family who say nothing. Meredith grabs them doesn't say anything and goes to her room. Again, the family are shocked at her.
And Mrs Stone, when Everett ask his mother for his grandmother's wedding ring as promised, blatantly refuses saying she couldn't give it to "that woman". Meredith does suffer from a confidence problem and trying to please people and maybe not having the social skills like her sister, she is not easygoing, does need to learn to hold her tongue, and speaks without thinking but the family in no way respect Everett's choice or give Meredith a chance. I would hate to have this family as my own. Meredith then decides to stay at a hotel
Well, Meredith decides to bring her sister Julie (Claire Danes) for encouragement. Oh, my goodness, big mistake. Okay, another way you get the picture of Meredith is her tightly pulled back hair and being immaculately dressed, compared to the lovely blonde sister Julie with her hair out and looking stunning and her casual but stylish clothing, and guess what Everett falls for her! I should mention this is straight after the fact that he just bought an engagement ring for Meredith. In fact the whole family falls for her. She is easygoing, more their style of person. Julie in no way tries to support Meredith, so poor Meredith is left to feel more alone and feels more insecure. Meredith tries to be helpful by offering to make a lavish breakfast, rather than thanking her and saying that it is really good and sweet of her, it is straight into, Everett's brother Ben (Luke Wilson) can't eat mushrooms.
Everett and Julie, after one night and one conversation, (while out looking for Meredith after she ran away after a horrible row with the family okay Meredith in the wrong with that one) Everett puts the engagement ring on Julie's fingers (to see what it would look like on- yeah right) and pretty much proposes to Julie.
In the meantime, we capture Meredith totally drunk with Ben Stone as he takes her to a pub to calm her down. Meredith says to him "I just wanted people to like me". Next morning she is found in Ben's bed, and guess what happens, the father walks in looking pretty peeved at her.
Meredith does a really sweet thing on Christmas day by giving them each a special present, an enlarged picture of Mrs Stone with Amy as a baby and the family start to like her. About time! Well, it doesn't last long before Everett says he wants to talk to her privately, she thinks it's to propose, (after seeing the ring on Julie's finger who can't get the ring off!). Meredith doesn't want him to ask, whether because she doesn't love him or because she thinks she slept with Ben Stone, but Everett says he proposed to Julie. Meredith says she slept with Ben whom points out that nothing happened. Meredith then says "Why doesn't anyone love me?" and Everett fights with Ben.
Meredith then apologizes to Everett for everything. Everett says no I apologize and says nothing else. Why did she apologize? No more footage given of the sisters to talk it through, you know hello, I am about to steal your boyfriend/fiancé, is it okay?? but Meredith doesn't seem to feel anything about that. Meredith then snuggles up to Ben and it seems as though everything is dandy with her. Too convenient I say, they don't even suit, but he does seem to loosen her up a bit (with a bit of alcohol). I am not saying that that Everett would've worked but they really painted Meredith to be the only problem in this movie. And yes, Julie and Everett get together and do we say this a feel good movie???