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The Family Stone
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes
Chris Tilton
Adam Cohen
Jennifer Hammond

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 31st, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if inoffensive, conservative holiday drama and a dash of occasional prancing comedy soothe your spirit without risking boredom.

Avoid it... if you figure you're going to hear vivacious enthusiasm from Michael Giacchino for this topic, a personality mostly absent from the composition and drained completely by a muted, lifeless recording.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,829
WRITTEN 12/30/11
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The Family Stone: (Michael Giacchino) The term "dramedy" was invented precisely to describe movies like 2005's The Family Stone, an ensemble cast endeavor taking family get-togethers at the holidays to disastrous and redemptive ends. Like many other movies that create their humor by forcing people of disparate personalities into one room, this one has the normal array of spats, misunderstandings, crying, and forgiveness, all in a package sure to make the average man wince. In this case, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a successful New York City businesswoman (fathom that...) who is brought to the Connecticut family estate of her boyfriend for the obligatory "meet the parents" scenario at the holidays. He intends to propose marriage to her, but all goes afoul when other men and women enter the equation and make for one massive heterosexual disaster of confusion. People end up running around the house in a panic, insulting each other at the dinner table, unsure about who has slept with whom, and arguing the usual debates about socio-political topics that seem to tickle Hollywood filmmakers. There's snow and Christmas cheer, too, and with a more than decent cast of familiar names, The Family Stone managed to earn mixed reviews, a substantial financial haul worldwide, and awards recognition for Parker. Director Thomas Bezucha saw the original score for his film as an integral part of its festive mood, aiding in a soundtrack destined to be littered with half a dozen holiday standards from classic pop-culture voices. He had been immensely impressed with the work of composer Michael Giacchino for The Incredibles and hired him with certainty for The Family Stone. Giacchino had not yet achieved the status he would enjoy later in the decade after his success in the animated realm. In fact, in 2005, he was still relatively fresh to the realm of feature films, mainly known for his video game and television work. Romantic comedies and light drama on this platform were new challenges for the composer, and he responded with a workmanlike effort that pushes all the right buttons when needed while taking few stylistic chances. His task was to deliver music that balances the haywire comedic chasing with the respectful family drama, all the while tapping into some of the wholesome instrumentation expected for the snowy setting. In many ways, The Family Stone was a trial run for a collaboration that continued with Monte Carlo in 2011, the latter featuring far more pizzazz and less intrinsic accessibility for casual appreciation on album.



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Average: 2.52 Stars
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**** 8 4 Stars
*** 15 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 19 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:59
• 1. The Stone Family Waltz (1:41)
• 2. Millie's Famous Brownies (1:39)
• 3. They're Here! (0:53)
• 4. Separate Bedrooms (0:38)
• 5. Hi (1:09)
• 6. Dawn (0:39)
• 7. She's Going to the Inn (0:47)
• 8. Who Else Knows? (1:01)
• 9. Is that Her? (0:55)
• 10. What Seems to be Problem Here, Ma'am? (0:49)
• 11. Coffee or Something (1:43)
• 12. A Big Red Shovel (1:39)
• 13. Sybil & Kelly (0:40)
• 14. Just Stockings (0:37)
• 15. Try It On (3:04)
• 16. You and Me, Kid (0:57)
• 17. Trepak (Cossack Dance) from The Nutcracker - written by Piotr Tchaikovsky (1:09)
• 18. Global Warming (1:30)
• 19. It's Snowing (5:09)
• 20. A Very Good Tree (3:56)
• 21. Main Theme (Alternate) (1:44)
• 22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental) - written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (2:44)
• 23. The Family Stone (Suite) (9:06)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about the score and film.
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