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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Al FrankenStuart Smalley
Laura San GiacomoJulia
Vincent D'OnofrioDonnie
Shirley KnightMom
Harris YulinDad
Julia SweeneyMea C.
Aaron LustigFred
Lewis ArquetteCemetery Official
Mike HagertyCop
Kurt FullerVon Arks
Richard RiehleJudge
Ted RaimiHal
Phil HartmanTeenage Announcer

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Harold Ramis
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 97 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 12, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 17, 2001
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