It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend. The family festivities are already under way when Claudia arrives at the home of her mother, Adele (Anne Bancroft), and father, Henry (Charles Durning). Claudia's brother, Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.), whose homosexuality is tolerated without being discussed on a practical basis, has brought along his new friend Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott). Tommy doesn't get along well with his fussbudget sister, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson), who wears her self-sacrifice like a badge of honor, and he simply hates her husband, Walter (Steve Guttenberg), who has often been the target of Tommy's barbed sense of humor. While the siblings and in-laws struggle to remain civil, their quite eccentric aunt Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives; she insists on discussing her digestive problems, and after a few drinks, she confesses her long-ago lust for Henry. Home for the Holidays was Jodie Foster's second film as a director, and the first in which she didn't also star.~Mark Deming
This wasn't terribly hilarious or serious, just a pretty good movie. I got this blindly out of the $3.99 bin, & I'm a sucker for dysfunctional family holiday movies, so as far as the dysfunctional family part that didn't disappoint :P just figured it'd be a tad bit funnier.
I find this movie to be one about all the emotional complications that occur during the hectic Thanksgiving holiday filled with terrific performances by great stars. Holly Hunter & Robert Downey Jr. are sister & brother in this movie, who display their love for eachother, and depend on that love to keep them sane during all the insanity that their family displays. Also starring Dylan McDermott, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, and Steve Guttenburg plus many others are so entertaining in their family roles that makes for a hilarious event that you'll want to see every Holiday Season!!
It is hard to believe that this movie is as underrated as it is. Amazing cast; great script; lots of comedy; some drama...it’s my favorite go-to holiday movie.
If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? Guaranteed to make you laugh and put a smile on your face...and maybe a tear in your eye.
If anyone ever asks me what my favorite Holiday movie is. It is not Miracle on 34th Street. I saw this movie at a time in my life when I could really relate to Holly Hunter and Robert Downey's character. This movie has humor, heart, and a Family I can definitely relate to. If you have never seen this movie I highly recommend it.
And for $3.99 can you really go wrong?