Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Stuart Saves His Family Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

[[Performer~P90380~Al Franken~alfranken]] brings his Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley to the big screen in this unexpectedly downbeat comedy about a man desperately trying to overcome his dysfunctional upbringing. Stuart hosts a TV show on public access TV in which he offers bits of New Age wisdom on self-help, often incorporating his trademark affirmation, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" Too bad Stuart's advice doesn't work so well for himself; he barely supports himself as a waiter, his self-esteem is shaky at best, and his family is dominated by depressive alcoholics sunk in denial (for all his quirks, Stuart is the only Smalley willing to admit he has a problem). One day, Stuart's friend Julia ([[Performer~P26671~Laura San Giacomo~laurasangiacomo]]) tells him that a cable network is looking for programming, and suggests he should pitch his show to them. Soon Stuart has a nationwide audience and is actually able to support himself, but that's small comfort when his family falls into another crisis. By turns a goofy comedy and a serious look at a dysfunctional family, Stuart Saves His Family does feature a few strong dramatic performances by [[Performer~P26671~Laura San Giacomo~laurasangiacomo]], [[Performer~P16486~Vincent D'Onofrio~vincentdonofrio]] and [[Performer~P38816~Shirley Knight~shirleyknight]], and a distinctive comic turn by [[Performer~P69330~Julia Sweeney~juliasweeney]] as a guest on Stuart's show. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Al Franken
as Stuart Smalley
Laura San Giacomo
as Julia
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Donnie
Shirley Knight
as Stuart's Mom
Harris Yulin
as Stuart's Dad
Julia Sweeney
as Mea C.
Theodore Raimi
as Hal
Fred Applegate
as Carl

Crew

Harold Ramis
Director
Dinah Minot
Producer
Trevor Albert
Producer
C.O. Erickson
Producer
Lorne Michaels
Producer
Al Franken
Screenwriter
Lauro Escorel
Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman
Songwriter
Craig Herring
Editor
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Cosmas Demetriou
Set Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Haley
First Assistant Director
Monty Rowan
Camera Operator
Nancy Foy
Casting
Advertisement