Obligation and blood ties take Claudia Larson home every Thanksgiving to visit her family in Baltimore. Giving thanks looks like a tall order this year, in light of the downward spiral Claudia's life is taking these days. Within 36 hours she manages to lose her job, her head, her coast and her cool. Even her daughter's virginity appears to be on a collision course with a teenage boy. What Claudia doesn't expect to lose this Thanksgiving is this sense of dread and loathing...of wanting to be anywhere but home with the family.
A human comedy that honours the timeless holiday tradition of family gatherings and reminds you why you left home...
"Holly Hunter plays a Chicago-based single mom who--on the day before Thanksgiving--loses her job and is informed by her daughter of the latter's intention to surrender her virginity while on a weekend-long affair. If that's not enough, Hunter's character then has to fly to Baltimore to join her fractious family for another difficult Thanksgiving. Robert Downey Jr. is terrifically charming as her prankish, gay brother, and Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning show plenty of comic resilience during the predictably interesting Thanksgiving dinner scene. The script by W.D. Richter (Brubaker) avoids the usual clichés in family dramas--the deepest, darkest secret revealed here involves the painfully sweet revelation of a 40-year-old crush. Jodie Foster, directing her second feature, focuses instead on the inevitable softening of old grudges and disappointments with time. This is a wise as well as wonderfully fun movie." --Tom Keogh