this part is really good, but this part isn’t, and what exactly is happening?”
Claudia (played by the wonderful Holly Hunter) is heading home for Thanksgiving. In the first 15 minutes of the movie, she gets fired, kisses her boss in response, and then is informed by her daughter that she is going to have sex for the first time. Then she flies home, sits next to an annoying woman, and forgets her parka on the plane (and she forgets her parka and her mom, who knows her daughter, has brought one for her, a wonderful oversized, puffy parka).
conservative sister and her husband, and the crazy off the wall aunt. It’s impossible to keep up with the film, and you feel yourself drowning as the plot continues to spin out of control.
Isn’t that what the holidays truly feel like sometimes? People fight, people say things they don’t mean, and the stress of the preparations really wear on some people. I’m not saying all holidays go like this – you may go years without incident only to have a particularly dramatic one. That’s because most families end up inevitably varied (see Downey’s gay rambunctious character versus the conservative sister Joanne), and with the passage of time, we only know each other better. That makes it all the more convincing when the parents fight with each other – because you know they know where to hurt each other. But in the subtle scenes of camerawork (the scene of the parents dancing in the living room is my particular favorite), to the entire set-up of the home (which looks like it could have come straight from any of my relative’s houses), there is an undeniable belief in what is being presented.
same emotions. I would also like to highlight Durning playing the father - at times he seems so sad and defeated, but you can see his motivations clearly.
The holidays are dramatic, kids, and that’s part of what makes them wonderful.
So, if you find yourself taking a football game way too seriously, and end up getting hosed off by your father in the driveway while the neighbors stare at you – it might be worth a look at this Thanksgiving. I hope everyone enjoys their turkey and their hams and their sweet potatoes, their pumpkin pies and their casseroles. What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, besides my loving family and friends, is you, my dear readers. For without you, none of this would be possible. I hope you continue to read us, and I’ll be writing more soon.
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