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Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 November 1995 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Ann Lloyd ...
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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 <ckessler@ix.netcom.com>

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We'll do it every year..until we get it right See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Steve Guttenberg is oddly missing from the family photo used in posters and covers of dvds. There is a glaring space where "someone" should be on the couch next to Anne Bankroft. See more »


When Claudia is saying goodbye to her daughter in the car outside the Chicago airport, all the cars driving by have Maryland plates because the shot was actually filmed at BWI in Maryland. See more »


Joanne: I have friends in Boston, Tommy. Did you ever think of that? There are other people in this world. People who tell people. I mean, how embarrassing.
Tommy: Desert looks pretty good.
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References Shaft (1971) See more »


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User Reviews

Underrated, underviewed.
28 October 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

People either love or hate this film. It seems to me that, for those who hate it, there is too much going on in the scenes. The dialogue is often open ended, and the action is at times frenetic so that the viewer isn't sure where he/she should be focusing attention. That, I submit, is the true beauty of this unusual movie. It has an over the top realism that makes it a rewarding film to watch multiple times. There are so many layers in the dialogue and the acting, so many subtleties between characters, that you can watch it many times and still be noticing something new. This may be billed a comedy, but it is filled with heartbreak and tragedy, betrayal and disappointments. This is not a run of the mill feel good holiday movie. I think those who rate this movie poorly, in some way, miss that. I hope Jodie Foster directs again. She's immensely gifted.

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