I don’t know about you, but after the holiday celebration, I’m ready to kick back with a good movie. Here are two of my Thanksgiving favorites plus my new favorite that’s completely unrelated to anything Thanksgiving.
My favorite Thanksgiving movie that you’ve never heard of.
Pieces of April is a gritty dramedy centered around a dysfunctional family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Katie Holmes plays April, who persuades her family to drive in from the suburbs to her rundown shoebox of an NYC apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
The family’s a mess. But April’s mom (the always-fabulous Patricia Clarkson) is dying of cancer, and April is hell-bent on having a decent last Thanksgiving dinner as a family.
I’m sure many of you will hate this movie. (Feel free to leave a question in comments or email me if you’re wondering if it’s for you.) Pieces of April is not for kids or young teens. (There’s a little sex, some language, and her mom is dying of cancer.) But I love it for its themes of hope and forgiveness, and some of you will, too
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: A fun family tradition at my house.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving doesn’t dive deep into the meaning of Thanksgiving, but it’s silly and engaging (for all ages) and a fun family tradition for us.
My kids love to see Snoopy serve up Thanksgiving dinner to the Peanuts gang, who feast on buttered toast, pretzels, popcorn, and jelly beans. And of course, we get to see Lucy yank the football away from Charlie Brown once again.
This special airs every Thanksgiving evening on ABC, but we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of the Peanuts Holiday Collection, which includes the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials.
My new web crush that has nothing to do with Thanksgiving: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I’ve fallen hard for this modernized adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published to youtube in 5-ish minute videos twice a week. It’s clever and funny and surprising, and some of you are going to love it.
(Also? I had no idea that professionally acted and produced serials like the LBD were a thing on youtube. Am I the only one in the dark on this?)
Check out episode 1 (below) and tell me what you think in comments.
(Thanks to Tim for introducing me to Lizzie Bennet!)
What movies do you like to watch during the holidays?