Sunday, 23 August 2009

Home for the Holidays


Forty year old single Chicagoan Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) gets a lot of bad news just before the Thanksgiving holidays. This news places her in an even worse mood in preparation for her Thanksgiving visit with her family in Baltimore at the home of her overbearing parents, Henry (Charles Durning) and Adele Larson. Others coming for Thanksgiving dinner are Adele's (Anne Bancroft) crazy sister, Glady (Geraldine Chaplin); Claudia's humorless sister Joanne Wedman and her equally humorless family, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson) (Joanne husband Steve Guttenberg) who acts as the primary caregiver for their parents; (unexpectedly) Claudia's younger mischievous gay brother, Tommy Larson (Robert Downey Jr.), and his new "boyfriend", Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott); and Russell Terziak, Claudia's sad old "friend" who Adele is trying to reintroduce to Claudia. Beyond the disasters and potential disasters Claudia is anticipating as well as the unexpected ones that do ultimately occur at dinner, Claudia is most concerned about what happened between Tommy and his long term boyfriend, Jack Gordon, and what her own teen-aged daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), is doing at home without her.

Emily Ann Lloyd, Zack Duhame, Austin Pendleton, David Strathairn, Amy Yasbeck, James Lecesne.

This movie is really funny had my husband and I in stitches, from start to finish. The only thing is that you could guest the story line as soon as it started. Some really hilarious bit in it though!!!

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