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Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 November 1995 (USA)
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After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.



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After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics. Written by Cyndi Kessler <>

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On the fourth Thursday in November, 84 million American families will gather together... And wonder why. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feriados en familia  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$17,518,220 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Robert Downey Jr. publicly admitted to using heroin during the making of this film. Jodie Foster wrote him a letter praising his work but warning him that he could not keep doing this on other films. See more »


When Claudia goes into the basement to talk to her sister, her lipstick is on/off between shots. See more »


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one word, Downey
8 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great little gem of a film. The whole time i was watching this film i couldn't help but notice the similarities to my family. The craziness, the fights i mean everything. I laughed so hard during this film but mostly when Robert Downey Jr. was on screen. It is not to say that Holly Hunter was bad, she was quite good as was everyone else but Downey had this presense on the screen and he just stole the movie. while it was apparent he was using heavily he was still at his best on screen. The DVD commentary by Jodie Foster really gives insight to the film and it really sounds like Downey was a pain to work with because of his improvising everything but you feel she has a genuine sisterly love for him. Bottom line is that it was a funny, insightful, and realistic film.

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