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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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Jodie Foster

Writers:

Chris Radant (short story), W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Claudia Larson
Robert Downey Jr. ... Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft ... Adele Larson
Charles Durning ... Henry Larson
Dylan McDermott ... Leo Fish
Geraldine Chaplin ... Aunt Glady
Steve Guttenberg ... Walter Wedman
Cynthia Stevenson ... Joanne Wedman
Claire Danes ... Kitt
Emily Ann Lloyd Emily Ann Lloyd ... Brittany Lace
Zack Duhame ... Walter Wedman Jr.
Austin Pendleton ... Peter Arnold
David Strathairn ... Russell Terziak
Amy Yasbeck ... Ginny Johnson Drewer
James Lecesne ... Ron Drewer
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Storyline

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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feriados en familia See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,007,717, 5 November 1995

Gross USA:

$17,519,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,519,169
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Bancroft. See more »

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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 »

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Adele: Come on. Where is everybody? People are starving in the former Yugoslavia.
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Fresh, Funny and Sharp Comedy
26 January 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Home for the Holidays (1995)

*** (out of 4)

Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) is having a string of bad luck starting with her losing her job. Over the Thanksgiving holiday she agrees to go home but it doesn't take long for her annoying family to start eating at her.

Jodie Foster's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS takes a rather formula plot and manages to make it something quite memorable thanks in large part to her direction as well as some really great performances. We've seen these type of family-get-together-at-the-holidays movies throughout history yet Foster manages to make this film feel quite original and real.

I think what I enjoyed most about this film is the fact that you feel as if you're watching a real family react to one another. So often characters are just thrown into movies for drama or laughs but the characters in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS feel real and this helps the laughs and the drama. You just really do feel as if you've dropped in on these characters, their problems and you pretty much just go along for the laughs and the drama.

The performances are certainly a major factor with Hunter once again delivering some great work. Most people remember here as a dramatic actress but I thought her comic timing here was flawless and especially her chemistry with Robert Downey, Jr. Both of them are excellent in the film and even better together. You've got vets like Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning doing great work and also a strong supporting cast with the likes of Dylan McDermott, Steve Guttenberg and Geraldine Chaplin.


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