Home for the Holidays (1995)
Running Time: 103 minutes
Directed by: Jodie Foster
Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning
Home for the Holidays is a holiday film that follows protagonist, Claudia Larson (Hunter) who finds out that she is getting fired from her job at the museum right before the Thanksgiving holidays. Already dreading the idea of spending Thanksgiving with her family in Baltimore, away from her daughter, Kitt (Danes), Claudia hops onto a plane and makes a call to her mischievous younger brother, Tommy (Downey Jr.). As she settles down in her childhood home, prepping for Thanksgiving dinner with her parents Henry (Durning) and Adele (Bancroft), she is met by Adele’s crazy sister, Glady (Chaplin), her own older sister, Joanne (Stevenson) and her family. Thankful for the presence of Tommy and his friend, Leo Fish (McDermott), Claudia tries her best to keep herself together, and not get warped into the insanity of the family.
The movie started off slow, and steadily introduces the audience to the Larson family. It was an honest piece of writing and film that depicts your average household during Thanksgiving. I was surprised at the end of the film how I was feeling homesick, and reminisced the feeling of being at home, the dread that comes with it, the relief, and eventually the sadness when departing from home. Holly Hunter was amazing in this, as she carries the audience throughout the film, and Robert Downey Jr was hilarious in this with his character’s playful nature and banters. Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning did a fantastic job as the overbearing parents.
All in all, I think it’s a great holiday film that is kind of underrated. Amazing direction from Jodie Foster. If you want honesty from a film, give this a try.
Rating: 6 out of 10