Pass the Cranberry Sauce: Thanksgiving Movies

Friday, November 4 by Karen Lac

There are many Thanksgiving movies that are great to watch whether you are looking for comedy or drama. While some of these movies may not feature the greatest acting, they provide big laughs for the entire family. The following are some of the best Thanksgiving movies that highlight the family dynamic and the long journeys we take just to eat some turkey.

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

Directed by John Hughes, 1987's "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" stars Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin, plays Neal Page, a Manhattan marketing consultant who tries to make it home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Thanks to a delay, he finds himself sitting next to Del Griffith (John Candy) hours later, a man that is as laid-back and unsophisticated as he is anal and sarcastic. The flight gets detoured and the adventures and mishaps that Page and Griffith get themselves into is classic comedy gold. A touching ending, in which the two men come together, provides audiences with that good feeling that is perfect for Thanksgiving.

"Son in Law"

"Son in Law," is a movie you watch when you don't want to think too much, which is perfect after eating too much at the Thanksgiving table. Small town girl Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino) forms a bond with crazy Crawl (Pauly Shore), her dorm residential advisor, when he helps her overcome the culture shock and eccentrics of life in Los Angeles. Rebecca takes Crawl back home with her to South Dakota for Thanksgiving. Predictably, Crawl gets himself into a lot of trouble with Rebecca's family. This movie is pure fun fluff.

"Home for the Holidays"

Directed by Jodie Foster, "Home for the Holidays" stars a great ensemble cast consisting of Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes and Dylan McDermott, just to name a few. The 1995 film stars Holly Hunter as Claudia Larson, a single mom who returns home for Thanksgiving. The Larson family's dysfunction will make anyone feel better about their own family.

"Nobody's Fool"

"Nobody's Fool" star Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith. Paul Newman is Donald Sullivan, an aging man who has spent his life distancing himself from all relationships and responsibilities. His estranged son's visit with his family for Thanksgiving forces Sullivan to confront the man he's become and the mess he's made out of his life.

"Dutch"

Ed O'Neil took break from his role as Al Bundy in "Married With Children" to play Dutch Dooley in "Dutch." Dutch underestimates the mischief caused by his girlfriend's son, Doyle Standish (Ethan Randall), whom he is determined to escort home for Thanksgiving. During the trip home, the two get into a lot of mishaps, butt heads and even get picked up by hookers.