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5 Thanksgiving Movies

A Thanksgiving dinner with the Peanuts gang!
A Thanksgiving dinner with the Peanuts gang!

Tomorrow when after you've stuffed yourself full of delicious food, but before you fall into a food induced sleep, there are a few choice movie recommendations you should consider. 

In no particular order:

Pieces of April (2003) Starring: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, and Oliver Platt -  April (Holmes) is the black sheep of her family and has been pushed out of their lives.  In hopes of reconnecting with them she decides to invite them to her Thanksgiving dinner.  With the help of her neighbors her dinner will be one they won't soon forget.  Not so much of a laugh out loud comedy, but it does have it's moments.  Great performances by all, and it's a personal favorite - Thanksgiving time or not.

Home for the Holidays (1995) Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr, and Anne Bancroft - After Claudia (Hunter) loses her job the day before Thanksgiving, she is forced to return home for a dreaded holiday get together.  This movie, directed by Jodie Foster,  is one for all those people who dread spending the holiday with their families. 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) - Starring: the Peanuts gang - Peppermint Patty decides to invite herself over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving dinner.  Upon arrival she becomes demanding, and the gang scrambles to do their best. From Charles Schultz's beloved comic strip, this movie will always be a classic.

Dutch (1991) - Starring: Ed O'Neil and Ethan Embry - Trying to do good by his girlfriend, Dutch (O'Neil), picks up her son from boarding school and bring him home for Thanksgiving.  Little did he know how hard his good deed would be. A comic gem from start to finish, the actors are the perfect foil to each other.

Son in Law (1993) - Starring: Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, and Lane Smith. Rebecca Warner (Gugino) is a small town girl, moving away from home for her first time to go to college.  While there she meets her resident adviser, Crawl (Shore), who shows her a whole other side of life.  In return she invites him to her home for Thanksgiving and things will never be the same.  This is the only movie Pauly Shore can be himself in and not be completely annoying, it just works and is even enjoyable to watch.

Enjoy your food and the movies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!