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Though it seems like a one-joke premise, this spinoff of Al Franken's "Saturday Night Live" character, self-help nerd Stuart Smalley, actually has some substance. And, in fact, it offers a message that wouldn't be out of place at an Al-Anon meeting (although with the laughs). Stuart, fired from his cable TV self-help show, goes home to resolve a family crisis. Dad (Harris Yulin) is an abusive drunk, Mom (Shirley Knight) is an enabler, Sis is an over-eater, and Brother has a problem with his temper. The film turns serious, but Franken actually makes the drama interesting, using humor to leaven it. And he brings a certain sympathy and resolve to the lisping, cross-eyed Stuart. To be sure, it's not your typical "SNL" movie. "--Marshall Fine"
A subtle and understated comedy. Pity so many of us have families similar to Stuart's but if you can ruefully laugh about it, that's healing. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Julie Murphy
Wast of time I have seen Nutella commercials that were more entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Isaiah Harper