Thanksgiving Films 2011

 Home for the Holidays (1995) Rated PG-13

Every year, Claudia dreads her trip home for Thanksgiving. Between her parents, her sardonic brother and her overdramatic sister, things are bad enough. But this year, Claudia has more reason for angst. She’s lost her job and is dealing with her daughter’s revelation about her sexual activities. Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, Claire Danes

 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Rated R

Think you’ve had a bad day? At every turn, marketing exec Neal Page’s plans to get home to his family for Thanksgiving get foiled, and somehow the loudmouthed, idiosyncratic fellow traveler Del Griffith is always right next to him driving him nuts. Will this odd couple make it to Chicago without killing each other? Starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

 Pieces of April (2003) Rated PG-13

Reformed wild child April Burns attempts to make Thanksgiving dinner — while battling a temperamental oven — for her estranged suburban family at her grungy New York apartment and anticipates introducing them to her new boyfriend, Bobby. Starring Katie Holmes, Derek Luke, Oliver Platt, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Patricia Clarkson

 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Rated NR

Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang for this Thanksgiving. In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Chuck tries to host a traditional holiday feast. In this Emmy-winning feature, dinner turns into a disaster when clueless Snoopy and Woodstock serve toast and popcorn as the main dish, but Marcie steps in and saves the holiday. Starring Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger, Christopher DeFaria, Jimmy Ahrens, Robin Reed

 An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008) Rated NR

In this moving Hallmark Channel drama based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott, struggling widow Mary Bassett is trying to support three children, but money is so tight that they can’t even afford a Thanksgiving turkey. An unexpected visit from her estranged — and moneyed — mother means Mary can prepare a proper holiday meal. However, it will take more than a feast to heal this family’s emotional wounds. Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Helene Joy, Tatiana Maslany

Synopsis by Netflix.

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