The “Citizen Kane” of Thanksgiving movies

Just one week from today, Americans of all color, creed, religion and politics will gather, and what will unite them?  No, not their love of football (though there’s that ) nor their bafflement at how Elizabeth Lambert has eaten the Internet (though there’s that too).  It’ll be–  yup, you guessed it.  Turkey.

Turkey. It's Muslim, and it's delicious.

One week from today means plane trips home, long car drives, a chill in the air and hopefully not one at the table.  It’s the Macy’s Parade in the morning (some traditions are sacrosanct) and bloody marys then pinot noir in the afternoon (ditto).  It’s reminiscing about years home from college, it’s about baking pies the night before, it’s about realizing you now have 8,622 little blue bulbs you need to check.  (See: lights, Christmas.)

And just like there are perennial and terrific Christmas flicks, there’s a brilliant, criminally underrated Thanksgiving movie: Home for the Holidays, helmed by one Jodie Foster, with W.D. Richer doing the typing out of a Chris Radant short story, this 1995 comedy is a forgotten gem.  It’s a genuinely guffawing and heartwarming look at this most American of traditions (well, short of blowing shit up).  I mean, its cast is unparalleled, basically: Oscar winner Holly Hunter; the great-in-everything (including jail) Robert Downey, Jr.; the late, brilliant Anne Bancroft; TV’s Dylan McDermott;  Claire Danes, but not too much Claire Danes; the legendary Geraldine Chaplin; the marvelous Charles Durning (Tootsie and Family Guy–whoa!) and…  Steve Guttenberg.  Does it get any better than that?

No, I think not.  This is really a wonderful little flick.  Find some time in the next week to fire up the DVD player.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll realize Christmas is right around the corner.


I can't believe I divorced Janusz Kaminski.



6 Responses to “The “Citizen Kane” of Thanksgiving movies”

  1. Laura Says:

    That was absurd, let’s eat dead bird.

  2. thiswaytotheegress Says:

    Well put. Who even knew you were reading this, friend?

  3. thiswaytotheegress Says:

    It was later in the day, when I was walking the dogs, that I realized you were quoting the flick, friend. More wine, please.

  4. Angie Says:

    Pinot Noir? Beaujolais Nouveau!

  5. thiswaytotheegress Says:

    It’s true, I do think Beaujolais Nouveau is good turkey-eatin’ wine!

  6. Laura Says:

    of course I’m reading! and sweet baby jesus, i love this movie.

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