Home for the Holidays [DVD] [1995]

Jodie Foster's humorous portrayal of an odd dysfunctional family coming together for Thanksgiving dinner should strike a chord with anyone who has ever weathered the holidays -- and survived. Home for the Holidays features a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation that sports vivid colors, solid flesh tones, and even black levels. Although there is a small amount of grain and dirt in certain scenes, overall this is a very nice looking transfer from MGM. No edge enhancement or shimmer was spotted throughout the feature. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French) and sounds very good. Since this is a dialogue-driven film, surround effects were not aggressive, though there were moments when all speakers were engaged. Dialogue, effects, and Mark Isham's comedic score all shine clearly and concisely. Also included on this disc are French and Spanish subtitles. Much like Jodie Foster's directing debut Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays includes a commentary track by the director. Jodie Foster tends to be very lively and talkative throughout this track, making it enjoyable and enlightening for the viewer. Also included on this disc is an original theatrical trailer for Home for the Holidays. This DVD may not be heavy in the supplements department, but it should be filling enough for any fan of disastrous family comedies.
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Overall Customer Rating:
83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (65 out of 79)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary by director Jodie Foster
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English: 5.1 Surround
  • French: stereo Surround
  • French & Spanish language subtitles

Synopsis


Home for the Holidays
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Holly Hunter
    Holly Hunter - Claudia Larson
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Downey, Jr. - Tommy Larson
  • Anne Bancroft
    Anne Bancroft - Adele Larson
  • Charles Durning
    Charles Durning - Henry Larson
  • Geraldine Chaplin
    Geraldine Chaplin - Aunt Glady



Overall customer rating

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83%
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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    What's the Point

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    otbs
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    At the end of the film Claudia asks Leo, "What's the point"? And Leo responds, "There is none." Exactly. That 15 seconds sums up this wasted two hours of my life. This is the story of a dysfunctional family, who go completely out of control on Thanksgiving Day, for no particular reason, except that they are all a bunch of narcissistic morons. Evidently, there are people in this world who enjoy watching that sort of madness, as this film has an average rating of 4.5 stars. I suppose one would have to watch this to see if they agree. As for me, it will go down as one of the worst, pointless films I've ever seen. It doesn't even deserve the one star I had to give it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good family drama with holiday fun

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    matineeidol
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    This is a 5 star movie but the product's picture quality drops the rating down to a 4. Home For the Holidays (1995) has an all star cast; Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr. and Charles Durning, that plays a dysfunctional family that functions very well. Dylan McDermott is the handsome and charming mystery man and the aunt and sister are full of drama. Claudia (Hunter) whose life seems like it is unravelling is the glue that holds this family together. Kudos to Jodie Foster for making this great movie. DVD in 1.85:1 format, picture quality could be clearer. I am hoping for a blue ray release of this classic. Includes feature commentary by director and producer Jodi Foster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An absolute Holiday Classic!!

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    movieman
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    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!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Funny!

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    Berlinsgonewhere

    Very funny look at an extremely dysfunctional family, and yet I think it eerily hits close to home for most of us. The acting in this was top notch, it felt genuine, as if you were peering in through the window on this family. You were able to sympathize with the main character, and laugh at all the ridiculous things happening on her holiday. Wonderful performance by Robert Downey, Jr. as high-energy brother Tommy. Fun holiday flick for the older members of the family (suggestive content and language make it a bit mature for youngsters.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real and Great Performances

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    Dallas66
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    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?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good movie

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    vikingpunk
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    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 would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great underrated mid-90s classic

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    NYCMan
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    Jodie Foster's second film as director (after Little Man Tate) is fantastic, quirky and highly recommended. PQ is decent if not great. There is grain but no jitter and the extras are ported over from the DVD release

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Holly Hunter Home for the Holidays

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    raderwayne
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    Quirky comedy that is one of the rituals around the house to watch at Thanksgiving. Glad this family isn't mine but they are funny to watch. All star class of actors with Hunter, Robert Downy, Charles Durning, and more)

    I would recommend this to a friend



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