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Monday, April 10, 2017

Top 5 Thanksgiving Weekend Movies

After a heavy meal filled with turkey, stuffing and cranberry, there is nothing I’d rather do than curl up on the couch and watch a good movie. When people talk about holiday movies though, they mostly think of Christmas movies. Well there are also some great Thanksgiving themed movies out there and I thought I’d share my top 5.

Home for the Holidays– Directed by Jodie Foster, this movie is another one of those Thanksgiving classics. It’s basically about a 40-year-old single woman who loses her job right before Thanksgiving and has to leave her daughter (who is about to have sex with her boyfriend) to go home to spend the holiday with her ridiculous family. Her parents are kind of overbearing, her one sister is bat-shit crazy, the other sister is ridiculously stuck-up, and then she has a younger gay brother who is kind of the joker. Anyway, it’s a pretty funny movie that I think most people can enjoy.

 – Yeah okay, I know this is a Pauly Shore movie and while I’m not a big fan of him, I absolutely love this flick. A small-town girl, Becca, who is totally culture shocked, meets this guy named Crawl (her RA) in college. She makes herself over and starts to have a blast. When Thanksgiving comes around she realizes that Crawl has no family to visit so she invites him to spend the holiday with her family. Her family are conservative farmers and Crawl is a total outcast. They also pretend to be engaged so that she doesn’t have to deal with her boyfriend at home trying to propose to her. Ultimately the family accepts Crawl. It’s one of those silly cute movies.

Pieces of April – I’ve totally gotten some flack for loving this movie. I’ve always been a fan of Katie Holmes plus Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt are in this movie and I think they’re great actors. It’s basically about this girl April who lives in NY, has an African-American boyfriend and is trying to get Thanksgiving dinner ready for her family. She’s not really much of a cook and she realizes her stove is broken. Anyway, her family is coming from PA and they’re not thrilled with the idea and on the way to April’s they’re trying to come up with nice memories of her and are having trouble. It’s a cute movie and Katie Holmes is adorable in it.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Who doesn’t love John Candy and Steve Martin in this 1987 Thanksgiving classic, directed by John Hughes? This movie is totally hilarious and is great to watch with the family. It’s basically about this guy with really bad luck that works in marketing and is just trying to get home for Thanksgiving from New York to Chicago. His flight is canceled so he tries other means of transportation. He’s also stuck with this guy he met on the plane who is a shower curtain ring salesman and is one of those people that just never stops talking (and talking and talking). Anyway, they have some pretty funny experiences together and the end isn’t totally surprising but it is certainly a little sad and very heartwarming. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you. If you haven’t seen this movie then you really should try to watch it this Thanksgiving weekend – your family will love it!

For Your Consideration – Just one of many hilarious mockumentaries directed by Christopher Guest and co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy (maybe you’ve seen This is Spinal TapA Mighty WindWaiting for Guffman or Best in Show?). This movie has got a great cast starring Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara and many more familiar faces. Basically this movie is about a bunch of actors that are cast in a new film called Home for Purim, which is about a Southern Jewish family in the 1940s. They have a lesbian daughter that comes home, a brother that comes home from the navy and a really sick mother. They all unite to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. The writers are fighting with the director, and ultimately the movie executives force the writers to change to Home for Thanksgiving. Anyway, I don’t want to say much more about this movie because it’s totally hilarious and worth checking out.

Originally Posted: Miss Grown Up

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