Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Top 10 Thanksgiving Movies

Roasted turkey, tasty stuffing, vegging out with the Macy’s Day Parade… what could be better? Maybe a family-friendly flick to help you through your food coma? Here are a few movies to get your family in the mood for even more turkey!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) - What's a holiday without a Charlie Brown/Peanuts cartoon? In classic Peanuts style, Charlie Brown gets roped into preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for Peppermint Patty and friends without any time or ability to make a real meal.

Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989) - Thanksgiving television special that has made its way into many families holiday traditions. What holiday could the fat cat possibly love more than Thanksgiving? Especially when Jon decides to invite the vet over as his date! Join Garfield, Odie and the gang for a feast of comedy.

Pieces of April (2003) starring Katie Holmes reminds us why Holmes first made it into our hearts with a brilliant, charming performance as an eccentric, tattooed and pierced April Burns living with her African-American boyfriend Bobby. In an attempt to mend some broken bridges with her estranged family, April and her boyfriend invite her dying mother and judgmental family to their low-class apartment in New York City. Trying not to appear a failure in front of her family again, April races around the apartment complex to find a way to cook her turkey and still finish the dinner before her family arrives. It's a comedy of errors with a lot of heart you won't forget.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) - Is a classic comedy with comedic giants John Candy and Steve Martin. Neal Page (Martin) and Del Griffith (Candy) are travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving with their families but after a canceled flight the opposite personalities end up pursuing other methods to get home. A classic effort by both Martin and Candy and a must for comedy lovers. (your secret Santa's favorite thanksgiving movie!)

Home for the Holidays (1995) starring Claire Danes, Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr., and directed by Jodie Foster, is another comedy set around a family Thanksgiving. Claudia Larson (Hunter) has to go home for the holiday and gets caught back up in her crazy family.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) is always a television network favorite for Thanksgiving. Maybe because the movie takes place in November, or maybe because of the cornucopia of sweets and fun. Go for the original and enjoy the brilliant performance by Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka with your family.

What's Cooking? (2000) invites the viewer to Thanksgiving with Jewish, Vietnamese, Hispanic and African American families in Los Angeles. This movie shows the humor in normal holiday stress and problems while showing how different cultures and families approach the holidays.

Alice's Restaurant (1969) is blast from the past featuring a great soundtrack with Arlo Guthrie's landmark title song. The characters are warm and colorful and make for some serious and fun scenes.

Scent of a Woman (1992) combines the genius of Al Pacino and the charm of Chris O'Donnell. O'Donnell's character takes Thanksgiving break to care for Pacino's character as a blind, retired military man. They end up on a crazy weekend in New York City and explore some intense themes.

Son in Law (1993) sends another kooky Pauly Shore character into a family of traditional conservatives when he spends Thanksgiving with a fellow student.

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