Home for the Holidays (1995)
November 24, 2017 5:46 PM - Subscribe

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.

There is a point in Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays" when a brother and his brother-in-law are fighting on the front lawn while the father tries to break it up by wetting them down with a garden hose. Looking across the street at the neighbors gawking, the father snarls, "Go back to your own goddamn holidays!"

The movie, which is about the Thanksgiving family reunion from hell, is not exactly a comedy and yet not a drama, either. Like many family reunions, it has a little of both elements, and the strong sense that madness is being held just out of sight. Have we not all, on our ways to family gatherings, parked the car a block away, taken several deep breaths, rubbed our eyes and massaged our temples, and driven on, gritting our teeth? That is not because we do not love our families, but because we know them so very, very well.
5 stars and 15+ from Common Sense, 65/72 on Rotten Tomatoes, and On Hulu.

1995’s star-studded Home for the Holidays is the big family movie Thanksgiving deserves
posted by the man of twists and turns (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The blockquote above is from Ebert's 3.5 star review.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:16 PM on November 24, 2017

I absolutely love this movie, and it's become a Thanksgiving tradition. There are just so many little perfect moments, like:
Joann (getting angry as they try to set the table): "I can't do EVERYTHING!"
Claudia: "Nobody asked you to."

The treatment of Tommy's sexuality, I've always found refreshing. Like, it appears to me that the parents have probably been told before that Tommy is gay (Claudia says Leo is "with Tommy" when Mom suggests she might be interested in him) - but they don't seem to know how to talk about it. Like, it's not quite real to them until Joann blurts out about the marriage.

When this movie was first released, I was myself in a period where Mom knew I was gay, but wasn't open to talking about it much. As such, that incredible moment in the kitchen between Tommy and Adele:

"Enough, Mom! You're a pain in my ass, you've got bad hair...and I like you an awful lot."
"Well, you know I can't change."
"Believe me, Mom, neither can I."

--yeah, that's always been a really powerful moment to me. That was Mom and I for about a decade. (She's gotten much better.)
posted by dnash at 9:18 AM on November 27, 2017 [3 favorites]

Holly Hunter is a national treasure. I need to pull my DVD out and re-watch this movie.
And I'll see you "Home for the Holidays" and match with "The Family Stone." Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Claire Danes in both.
posted by TrishaU at 11:44 PM on November 28, 2017 [1 favorite]

"This is not my enormous coat."
posted by orange swan at 10:16 AM on November 29, 2017 [2 favorites]

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