This all-star, all-too-familiar tale revolves around the Thanksgiving turkey that lures a young woman home every year to her typical American family only to be embarrassed all over again by her loony relatives.
Shawn Hatosy - Actor, JOHN Q, FAITH OF MY FATHERS
Robert Downey Jr. - American actor, CHAPLIN (1992), IRON MAN (2008)
Charles Durning - American Actor
Cynthia Stevenson - TV/Film Actress/"Newhart"
Jodie Foster - American Actress/Director, NELL (1994)
Holly Hunter - American Actress, RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Claire Danes - American Actress, LITTLE WOMEN (1994)
Steve Guttenberg - American actor, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, POLICE ACADEMY
Steven Guttenberg - American actor, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, POLICE ACADEMY
Geraldine Chaplin - American actress, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Dylan McDermott - American actor, THE PRACTICE
Anne Bancroft - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anna Maria Louise Italiano - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anne Marno - American actress, THE GRADUATE
It's Thanksgiving, so you know what that means -- dinner with your family, for better or for worse. But Claudia Larson's woes begin right before she flies home: she loses her job, and her teenage daughter swears she will lose her virginity while Claudia is away. And when she arrives at her parents' home, things do not improve, thanks to Claudia's quirky family. This includes her meddling mom, an obnoxious gay brother, her unsmiling, resentful sister, and a very odd, flatulent aunt. The next two days will prove difficult for Claudia, but they will not be without moments of tenderness, caring and love.
Produced by Jodie Foster's production company, Egg Pictures. Color by Technicolor. Shot at the Warner Hollywood Studios in Hollywood, California and Baltimore, Maryland. Released theatrically in the USA November 3, 1995. Soundtrack Album available on Mercury Records, CDs and Cassettes. Other music heard in the film: "Halls of Montezuma," "We Gather Together," "Bicycle Built for Two," "Rocking Horse" performed by Bunny, "Surfin' Bird" performed by The Trashmen, "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and "Free Stylin'." Post-production sound facility Skywalker Ranch, Marin, California. Copyright 1995 Paramount Pictures.
"...Wonderful performances....Refreshingly, this is a film which stretches the definition of family comedy..." - 12/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.47-8
"...The script slices under the skin of this bird, pricking the festering tension that surfaces at any clan gathering..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 11/03/1995 USA Today, p.1D
"...An affectionately drawn, multigenerational portrait of an eccentric family....[With] a saucy, shrewdly selected cast..." - 10/30/1995 Variety