Well, of course, there are dozens of films set on or around Thanksgiving Day, but are any of them classic, or even good?
A few come to mind. Scent of a Woman, an Al Pacino, Chris Connelly starrer, and Nobody’s Fool, one of Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy’s later efforts are worth watching.
Two of Woody Allen‘s early works, Broadway Danny Rose and Hannah and her Sisters, might be considered minor classics.
When people think of movies about the Holiday they most often think of National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion. Skip that one, but if you’re in the mood for an off beat comedy try For Your Consideration.
Christopher Guest and his stable of actors produced some pretty funny satires in the their time, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show (best of the bunch) and A Mighty Wind.
They missed the mark with For Your Consideration, a spoof of actors anticipating Oscar nominations, but it’s a worthy effort.
Joe doesn’t generally like Woody Allen Movies in which Woody Allen stars But, as mentioned, two early Allen films, in which he does co-star deserve mention and each touches on the theme of Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
Broadway Danny Rose captures a world that Allen knows well, the off beat menagerie of New York “show business” types. And the agent, Danny, holds an annual dinner on Thanksgiving to host his beloved clients. If you’ve missed this film, catch it. It is unique and Allen does have a talent for gathering types which no other director uses in films.
Hannah and Her Sisters, one of Allen’s recognized classics, stars Mia Farrow (also the female lead in Broadway Danny Rose), in a comedy drama which is set on various Thanksgiving gatherings.
Happy Turkey Day.