Thanksgiving is one of the great American traditions. A perfect vacation made up of food, family, football and movies. What’s not to like? Well, for starters, the local grocery store always runs out of cranberry sauce, families spend more time arguing than eating, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are perennial losers, and great Thanksgiving movies are often hard to come by. get.
We can’t help you with the first three issues, but we did some digging and found some movies worth watching over the holidays. Check out the list below!
Dutch, one of John Hughes’ minor productions, finds Ed O’Neil transporting Ethan Randall from Georgia to Chicago over the Thanksgiving holiday. Unsurprisingly, the trip goes awry, leading to a series of crazy episodes that somehow bring the duo together. While the movie plays mostly like a John Hughes Greatest Hits album, replete with BB Guns, crotch kicks, and a whole host of silly falls, Dutch however, it is highly entertaining. Put it after the main course.
home for the holidays
Jodie Foster directed this forgotten 1995 Christmas drama starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr, Anne Bancroft, Dylan McDermott, Claire Danes and Guttenberg. Well acted and directed, Home for the Holidays misses trying to fill both sides of the aisle, leaving us with comedy without laughs and drama without the requisite emotional payoff. Still, there are enough fantastic moments to make this low-key family drama worth your time.
You know the choices are slim when a forgettable 2011 Ben Stiller comedy makes the list. Alas, this star-studded affair co-starring Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Michael Peña and Téa Leoni packs enough of the laughs. and action to maintain attention for a few hours. Unfortunately, there isn’t much on display about Thanksgiving, but the image focuses on the Thanksgiving Day Parade and ends on a hopeful, positive note. Murphy alone is worth the price of admission; he expects nothing more than mediocre entertainment, and he will have a good time.
bits of april
This early 2000s drama from director Peter Hedges stars Katie Holmes (in her best role) as April, a poor girl who invites her dysfunctional estranged family over for Thanksgiving. As April struggles to prepare a meal with the help of other tenants in her apartment building, her family makes the trip to New York City, revisiting past family issues along the way. Sweet and funny, with a touching ending that will probably bring a lump to your throat.
Anna and her sisters
by Woody Allen Anna and her sisters chronicles the lives of several people, namely Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her sisters Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barbara Hershey), between three separate Thanksgiving holidays. Like most of Allen’s projects, the film tackles several weighty themes (suicide, affairs, regret, drug addiction), but it also offers light-hearted humor and just enough Christmas cheer for those looking for weekend positivity. Thanksgiving.
Michael Caine won a well deserved Oscar for his efforts.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
While the above list offers a solid mix of comedy and drama, all of the entries pale in comparison to the John Hughes classic. Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, the film chronicles the tumultuous journey that uptight Neal Page (Martin) and good-natured Del Griffith (Candy) undertake to get home in time for Thanksgiving. Hughes, who wrote and directed, carefully heightens the hilarious chaos but never loses sight of the intimate relationship between the characters that takes the film to extraordinary heights. One of the best Christmas movies ever produced.
Other Thanksgiving movie recommendations:
Judd Apatow’s overly long and bloated drama isn’t necessarily about Thanksgiving, but instead features an excellent scene set during the holidays featuring the entire cast, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, and Jonah Hill, among others. They meet to discuss the importance of appreciating the time we have on this tiny blue planet.
the ice storm
Ang Lee’s powerful drama takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, but it’s certainly not the kind of movie to watch with the family. However, if you are looking for an incredibly well acted, dark and moody drama, this is for you!
Dan in real life
Dan in real life it feels like a Thanksgiving movie, despite not being a Thanksgiving movie. Maybe it’s the family reunion, the affectionate ending, the whole meal, or maybe we just really like Steve Carrell, but we won’t judge if you include this one during your second slice of pumpkin pie.
Addams Family Values
Those looking for wacky black humor should enjoy the work of Barry Sonnenfeld. Addams Family Values, which features a sequence in which Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) recreates the first Thanksgiving at summer camp. That scene alone makes the movie worth watching.
You’ve got mail
Another movie that isn’t really Thanksgiving and feels like a Thanksgiving movie, You’ve got mail stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as rival bookstore owners who unknowingly get involved in an online relationship. The results are hackneyed and simplistic but fun.