By Michael Sauter
Updated October 20, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Stuart Saves His Family: Al Franken, Laura San Giacomo (1995, Paramount, PG-13, priced for rental) In this good enough, smart enough, and — doggone it — likable comedy, Franken expands his old Saturday Night Live character, clueless self-help expert Stuart Smalley. Stuart’s TV show has been canceled, so he’s crawling home to his drunkard dad, deadbeat brother, and pound cake-dependent sister. Their dysfunctional dynamics should get knowing laughs from anyone who’s had a childhood. Only near the end does Franken spoil the fun, taking the Smalleys too seriously. Still, this Harold Ramis box office underachiever deserves a better life on video: It’s funnier than a real self-help tape — and at least as therapeutic. B+

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