Not many Thanksgiving movies out there, but here is a short list

by Joey Paur

This week is Thanksgiving, a time we get together with our family and friends and eat lots of good freakin food., and in my family it give us an excuse to watch lots and lots of movies. When Thanksgiving comes around we don’t really think of watching movies about Thanksgiving we tend to move on to Christmas holiday movies. Why is that? Because there is a lack of movies about Thanksgiving. Here is a short list of Thanksgiving movies., and to be honest there are only two movies on this list that I would take time out to watch, and one of them is the only real Thanksgiving movie.

Here are your obvious picks that are more on the TV side.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) – Charlie Brown gets roped into preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for Peppermint Patty and friends without any time or ability to make a real meal. Lets face it though everybody when was the last time we saw this? This is not the best Charlie Brown Holiday movie. Do the networks even show this?

Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989) – Here is another animated classic character that makes an unclassic holiday movie. Jon decides to invited the vet over for dinner as his date. Yep this one is a winner.

Now here are the movies.

Pieces of April (2003) - this little indie film stars Katie Holmes as April Burns who invites her family to Thanksgiving dinner at her teeny apartment on New York's Lower East Side. As they make their way to the city from suburban Pennsylvania, April must endure a comedy of errors - like finding out her oven doesn't work - in order to pull off the big event. It was an ok movie but not really one that you would watch year after year.

Home for the Holidays (1995) - starring Claire Danes, Holly Hunter and Robert Downy Jr. The story is about Claudia Larso, a single mom who spends Thanksgiving at the home of her parents, and Henry Larson while her only child Kitt decides to spend the holiday with her boyfriend. It also does not help that Claudia has just lost her job. This movie had its moments and was quite a charming comedy.

Scent of a Woman (1992) – Starring Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to university; to help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over thanksgiving. Frank's niece says this will be easy money, but she didn't count on Frank spending his thanksgiving in New York. This was a great movie, it takes place during thanksgiving but it really is not about Thanksgiving. Or is it?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – Why? You ask. Because the film takes place in the month of November, the TV networks usually show it during the Thanksgiving holiday, and it is just a great movie that you can watch over and over again anytime during the year.

Plane, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) – Starring Steve martin and John Candy. This movie gets #1 on the list because it is a classic! All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been canceled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, Shower Curtain Ring Salesman and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. This is the only real classic thanksgiving movie that I think is worth watching during Thanksgiving. If you have not seen it is a must watch. This is Steve Martin at his best. Here are a couple of scenes from the film. Just so you know the f-bomb is dropped a few times in this first one.

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