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 has just lost her job as a museum artist who restores paintings. Even though she is sick with a cold, she flies home to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, Adele and Henry Larson. But her daughter, Kitt is 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 visiting for dinner. She brings her husband, Walter, and their two spoiled children. Claudia's gay brother, Tommy, and his new friend Leo Fish come, along with their eccentric Aunt Glady.

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 and the spilling of the turkey in Joanne's lap. 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]

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  1. Roger Ebert (3 November 1995). "Home for the Holidays: Review". Rober Ebert website. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/home-for-the-holidays-1995. 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. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/03/movies/film-review-when-adults-go-home-to-mom-at-thanksgiving.html. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

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