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.

Director:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This film featured three performers----Geraldine Chaplin, Cynthia Stevenson, and Robert Downey Jr.----who worked with director Robert Altman. See more »

Goofs

When Claudia's daughter drops her off at the airport, the distinctive red tiled pillars let the viewer know that the airport is not one located in/around Chicago, but rather is the Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI). See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Joanne, huh? What a dick.
Tommy: I'm impervious. It's in one ear, out the other. Life goes on.
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Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not Unusual
Performed by Tom Jones
Words & Music by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, a division of PolyGram
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Underrated, underviewed.
28 October 2004 | by treedcubSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home for the Holidays 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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