Top Ten Thanksgiving Movies
My first thoughts when doing this article were, are there even ten Thanksgiving movies out there? After seeking out these films I was just able to compile a worthwhile list for your viewing pleasure this Turkey day.
10. ThanksKilling (2009) A fowl mouthed maniacal Turkey starts chopping up college kids. Cheesy and absurd, this B movie is actually quite funny and enjoyable. A plethora of one liners such as “you just got stuffed” will make you cringe and laugh.
9. Home For The Holidays (1995) After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics. A poignant film depicting the humor, drama, frustration, love, loathing, fear, and comfort found in families.
8. Son In Law (1993) Well ok there isn’t alot of thanksgiving movies out there. There are a few laughs here besides Pauly Shore’s atrocious acting and this may be the only top ten list he will find himself on.
7. Funny People (2009) A Judd Apatow film, Adam Sandler plays George Simmons a comedian diagnosed with a terminal illness decides he doesn’t like his life. Upon realizing this he takes a young comedian under his wing. Perhaps Sandlers best performance since Punch Drunk Love, this film has many high points but occasionally stumbles under the weight of it’s own ambition.
6. Pieces Of April (2003) April is the black sheep of the Burns family, the one child of whom her mother has no fond memories. To remedy this April attempts to pull off a Thanksgiving meal in her tiny New York apartment. To make matters worse her mother is dying from terminal cancer. Katie Holmes and Oliver Platt give truly memorable performances adding to the realism that makes this comedy/drama work so well.
5. Alice’s Restaurant (1969) folk singer Arlo Guthrie and his musician friend visit a couple of friends at the church they’ve converted into a restaurant. When Guthrie gets arrested for littering after a Thanksgiving feast, he recounts his experiences dealing with both the police and the draft board. Certainly an unconventional movie as it plays more like a music video, manages to be seemingly unintentionaly profound with it’s aimlessness. Not very highly regarded, perhaps because of Arthur Penn’s prior offering, Bonnie and Clyde was such a hit. Either way it’s worth a watch as a snapshot of a different era.
4. What’s Cooking? (2000) As four families of varied ethnic backgrounds separately assemble for Thanksgiving at their individual homes, they must all then deal with the varied family dynamics and issues confronting them. We see four quite different families experiencing Thanksgiving day in seemingly different ways. But underneath, we see also the similarities of the joys, pains, and struggles as the various families deal with the reality hidden beneath the holiday veneer. An excellent ensemble cast brings this little slice of modern Americana to the table, and will leave you wanting seconds.
3. The New World (2005) Yes another story of John Smith and Pocahontas. What seperates this film from the pack however is Terrence Malik is at the helm, with an eye for visuals his style is so unique it often provokes an either love it or hate it response. Malik is firing on all cylinders here. A montage of beautiful visuals and audio, it is truly a feast for the senses.
2. Dutch (1991) To get to know his girlfriend’s son, Duth promises to pick him up from prep school….only to learn that her son’s a little jerk that has no intentions on going home. Ed O’neil and Ethan Randall make an excellent duo in this John Hughes family comedy, watching thier relationship evolve throughout the movie is genuinely touching.
1. Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987) Another John Hughes film, Steve Martin and John Candy star in this laugh out loud comedy about an uptight advertising salesman Neal Page (Martin) who encounters many pitfalls in reluctantly traveling with obnoxious yet well-meaning shower curtain-ring salesman Del Griffith (Candy) in an attempt to get home for Thanksgiving. Truly the definitive Thanksgiving movie