Here we are, four days into November with only a bit more than three weeks until Thanksgiving. Are you in the mood yet? If not, consider having a movie night at home in Duluth and we have the movie list that just might do the trick.
“Home for the Holidays”
This 1995 release, directed by Jodie Foster, revolves around the squabbling family meme we talked about on this month’s front page. The amazing cast includes Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes and David Strathairn. USA Today praised the film upon its release, summing it up as “They come, they eat, they argue, they leave. It's the stuffing in-between that makes it special." Rated PG-13.
“A Charley Brown Thanksgiving”
Snoopy improvises Thanksgiving dinner when Peppermint Patty and her friends invite themselves to Charley Brown’s house. The meal - two slices of buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn, and jelly beans - throws Patty into a rage and Charley Brown bears her wrath. All ends well, however, as it usually does with the Peanuts gang. Not rated.
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
The “perfectly cast” (according to Roger Ebert) “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” sees Steve Martin and John Candy teeming up for the second time. Martin plays marketing exec Neal Page who is trying to travel from New York City to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner with the family. He meets Candy’s character Del Griffith on the flight from JFK to O’Hare and from there it’s one ordeal after another and a whole lot of laughs. Rated R. Unlike the first two movies, this one is available to rent on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
“Hannah and her Sisters”
A movie that begins and ends with Thanksgiving dinners, Hannah and her Sisters is the quintessential holiday movie. The stellar cast includes Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest with smaller roles from Carrie Fisher, Maureen O’Sullivan, Max von Sydow and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The story centers on Farrow’s character, Hannah and her current and former husband’s trysts with her sisters. Rated PG-13. Rent it at Amazon Instant Video.
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