With Diane Keaton, Sarah J.Parker, Luke Wilson, Craig T. Nelson, Mina Suvino and a magnificient supporting cast, this is by far the funniest movie I've seen in quite a few years. With a mixture of pathos and touching scenes masterfully done, the Christmas season invites the prodigal son home with his bride-to-be. The siblings lay in wait to welcome and scrutinize the new flame of their oldest brother. The gay son and his 'flame' are believably portrayed with a mix of gender and color bias lightly basted with tongue-in-cheek. SJP is an uptight city girl trying to fit in with a family which is too closely knit to become unraveled with her idea of what is and is not proper.
From kicking out one of the sisters so she doesn't have to sleep in the same bedroom as her fiance, SJP breathes life into her character throughout the movie. Luke Wilson as the younger brother falls in love with her kookiness and his older brother simultaneously falls for her sister come to save her. The plot thickens when SJP runs away and joins Luke at the local bar and they run into an old boyfriend of her fiance's younger sister and SJP invites the sheriff over for Christmas. SJP wakes up thinking she's slept with Luke Wilson and Dad (C.T. Nelson) accidently finds her in his younger sons bed assuming the worst of course. I could go on and on, but you simply must see it to believe it---don't worry though, most things come out happy in the end. Not recommended for pre-teens.