For all you readers in the US, it's a only a few days until Thanksgiving. I hope you have your turkey and tofu turkeys ready to bake. If you are like me, there is always something that you forget and have to find the one 7-11 that's open who will charge you $10.00 for a 99 cent can of cranberry goo. If you are also like me, you're not a big football fan and aren't really into watching all the football that is bestowed upon us. The Macy Thanksgiving Day parade is over and now what will you do? Well, I have a few morsels to keep your belly full*of laughter that is. (see the way I weave those words and jokes together. Never had a lesson-can you believe it?)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is such a great movie. I don't think you can go wrong with Steve Martin and John Candy. The story starts with both characters trying to get home for Thanksgiving but their flights are canceled due to bad weather. Instead of waiting out the storm, they decide to make the trip together and start off on an adventure. This movie didn't do too well at the box office but it has become a holiday cult classic and one that should not be missed.
A surprisingly charming movie is Pieces of April staring Katie Holmes before she got really creepy. This "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" spin off/remake has April and her African American boyfriend cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her uptight white family. While her boyfriend is doing everything to please the family, April regresses back to her dysfunctional family dynamics. It all wraps up at the end and gives you a good feeling about your own whacky family.
Home for the Holiday is a wonderful movie directed by Jodi Foster starring such greats as Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning. Hunter stars as a single mom who was just fired from her job and after an affair with her boss. To make matters worse, she has to spend Thanksgiving with her overbearing parents and slightly off siblings. Hunter's character thinks that things can get any worse but her wonderful brother played by Robert Downey Jr. has a sweet little surprise for her and all is well on the Thanksgiving front.
The last movie is one that is dear to my heart. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Peppermint Patty invites herself and a few others to Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving dinner.Hijinks ensue as Snoopy makes a Thanksgiving dinner that only a Beagle could make-popcorn, toast, and jelly beans. Of course all everything works out at the end with a fantastic dinner and wonderful friends.
So, fill up on all those Thanksgiving treats! They are guaranteed not to add any extra pounds to your waistline and won't give you heartburn at 3am.