Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Classics

As I prepare to travel up to New York tomorrow, I was reminded of some memorable Thanksgiving family dinner scenes captured in film.

Read On:

· Home for the Holidays – Directed by Jodie Foster. Great cast; Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning and Dylan McDermott.

· Scent of a Woman – Al Pacino – Whoo-ah!

· Pieces of April – A punk, played by Katie Holmes, invites her suburban family into NYC for Thanksgiving dinner. She even sets her table with little paper turkeys.

· Avalon – Lou Jacobi’s classic line as he walked in late for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner: “You cut the turkey without me!”

· Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Steve Martin and John Candy. A John Hughes classic!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving film scenes? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. From the Ice Storm: (teenager Wendy, forced into saying grace at the table) "Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed." If that's not classic, I don't know what is...

  2. "About Last Night" with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore has a charmer scene showing a passionate relationship going through growing pains at holiday time. Moore's character is less than thrilled about the obnoxious best buddy of her beloved joining them for their first Thanksgiving meal as a couple and says "Serve him a fistful of white bread and a chunk of velveeta"

    "Boomerang" with Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry and Robin Givens has one of my favorite Thanksgiving scenes of all times! Parents of the lead characters' friends are highly entertaining

  3. Hey, wasn't Planes, Trains, and Automobiles about Christmas?

  4. Mine is not a Thanksgiving dinner, but one dysfunctional family dinner scene in a movie I like is the Jewish Seder scene in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors". I am African American, but that dinner reminds me of times when my mom, step-father, in-laws, five brothers and sisters, our kids, and mom's friends would get together and eat through the ritual holiday dinners. Besides the meal, there were a lot of inter-family things encircled in the conversations, personalities, kids screaming, and TV blaring. We said the obligatory prayers. Told lies. Mom played the victim ("how is it that one mother can raise six kids, but six kids can't help one mother?"). Occasionally, there was a break-down or the kidding crossed the line and someone would get pissed off, but we'd come back together again at another family feast or picnic. Have fun and enjoy the holiday with your functional or dysfunctional relatives.