Home for the Holidays (movie)

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Home for the Holidays
Directed by Jodie Foster
Produced by Jodie Foster
Peggy Rajski
Screenplay by W. D. Richter
Story by Chris Radant
Starring Holly Hunter
Robert Downey Jr.
Claire Danes
Anne Bancroft
Charles Durning
Dylan McDermott
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Editing by Lynzee Klingman
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 3, 1995
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
Money made $17,518,220

Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama movie directed by Jodie Foster. It tells the story of an unhappy family who are getting together for the Thanksgiving holidays.[1] The comedy scene of the Thanksgiving dinner took more than ten days to make. In all, 64 turkeys, 20 pounds of mashed potatoes, 35 pounds of stuffing, 44 pies, 30 pounds of sweet potatoes, 18 bags of mini-marshmallows and 50 gallons of fake wine were used.

Foster let Robert Downey Jr. improvise some of his role instead of using a script. This got him excited about making movies again. He had been unhappy and tired of acting for a while.[2]

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Claudia Larson is a single mom with a teenage daughter. Claudia is an artist who restores paintings. She has just lost her job at a museum because of a lack of money to pay her. Even though she is sick with a cold, she flies from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, Adele and Henry Larson. They still live in the same house in Baltimore, where she grew up with her sister and brother. But her daughter, Kitt will be staying home to be with her boyfriend. Kitt tells her mom on the telephone that she is going to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time.

Claudia's stuck-up and critical sister, Joanne Larson Wedman, is also coming for dinner. She brings her boring husband, Walter, and their two spoiled children. Claudia's gay brother, Tommy, and his new friend Leo Fish show up, along with their eccentric Aunt Glady. Claudia laughs and happily chats with Tommy, but the rest of her family is stressing her out, as usual. Meanwhile, Joanne is strictly trying to keep the holiday celebration under control. Tommy has been the boyfriend of another man, Jack, for a long time. So Claudia is confused because he is at dinner with Leo. But, as Claudia finds out, Leo has come along for the holidays to be introduced to Claudia. In fact, Tommy has just recently married Jack.

The Thanksgiving day has many crazy events, including a loud fight on the lawn in the leaves. The turkey is spilled in Joanne's lap, ruining her fancy dress. Many things are said in anger which can't be taken back and the family seems as divided as ever. So Claudia meets with her family by herself to try to make up.

Even though Claudia is still discouraged, she becomes close to Leo. When she gets on the plane to go home, Leo goes with her.[3]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

Home for the Holidays (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Soundtrack
Length 47:14
Label Mercury Records
Producer Mark Isham
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[change | change source]

  1. Rusted Root - "Evil Ways" 4:03
  2. Mark Isham - "Holiday Blues" 4:46
  3. Nat King Cole - "Candy" 3:51
  4. Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual" 2:01
  5. Mark Isham - "Blue Nights" 9:25
  6. Mark Isham - "Birth of the Cool Whip" 2:53
  7. Dinah Washington - "Trouble in Mind" 2:50
  8. Mark Isham - "Late Night Blues" 4:59
  9. Mark Isham - "Medley of the Very Thought of You/With Us Alone" 2:42
  10. Ray Noble - "The Very Thought of You" 4:25
  11. Nat King Cole - "The Very Thought of You" 3:47
  12. Janis Joplin - "Piece of My Heart" 4:14

References[change | change source]

  1. Roger Ebert (3 November 1995). "Home for the Holidays: Review". Rober Ebert website. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. Kirkland, Bruce (November 6, 1995). "Downey to Earth". Toronto Sun. 
  3. Janet Maslin (3 November 1995). "When Adults Go Home To Mom at Thanksgiving: Film Review". New York Times website. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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