Evolutionary anthropology tries to understand the past and present of the human experiences (Sevelius). Under the evolutionary perspective comes cultural anthropology, which can be explained using different scenarios from the chosen movie; it is basically the study of culture, in order to make sense of the behaviors within it, like words, concepts and symbols (Lynch).
The movie is about a couple, Meredith and Everett, who visits Everett’s family, on Christmas. Here, the customs of family getting together on Christmas is shown; no matter where each member of the family works or lives, they find time to get together on a holiday. Meredith is quite different from the Stone family; however, she soon finds out that every member of the Stone family is different from one and another. Everett’s sister is a traditional mother, his father has a low key personality, his mother is the glue which holds the whole family together and his brother is gay.
Everett has brought Meredith to meet his family, because he wants to propose her, with his grandmother’s ring which is also a family heirloom. This shows another behavior of human kind or custom that whenever the eldest son of the family wants to propose to a girl, he asks his mother for a family heirloom, to make the moment more special; it is also a sign of the mother’s approval. Meredith soon finds out that Everett’s mother, Sybil, is dying; this is the reason why Everett wants to propose to Meredith, so that his mother could see him married and happy, before she passes away.
Even though, the movie shows how Everett falls in love with Meredith’s sister, because she is more outgoing and not uptight like Meredith, it shows the expectations of marrying and settling down, which has been part of the present and past of human kind. As Everett’s mother is dying, her wish would be to see her elder son settle down and have children of his own. Even though Everett