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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Feast of Family Drama Films

A still from “Dan in Real Life” (Touchstone Pictures)

What’s Thanksgiving without a little family drama?

If you don’t get enough at the dinner table, you could always go see “Silver Linings Playbook,” now in theaters, or rent some of the other films that Steven Zeitchik has been considering lately, like “Moonstruck,” “Dan in Real Life” or even the Israeli film “Footnote.”

Steve writes about film, as well as arts and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times.

He tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, “there’s a kind of – I wouldn’t say schadenfreude – but there’s a certain kind of pleasure we get in A, knowing that other people deal with the same kind of things we deal with, but also B, in the fact that they have to deal with it at least for that moment, when you’re in the theater watching it, and you can kind of leave that all behind.”

Films Steve Discusses:

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  • Gvran50

    A shame to overlook one of the best comedic takes on Thanksgiving family stuff: “Home for the Holidays,” 1995,  Holly Hunter, Robert Downney Jr. (fresh out of rehab!), Charles Durning, the great Anne Bancroft…just a wonderful holiday movie, funny sweet  & sexy.

  • JDill38

    “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (1952) with Doris Day (and “Gregory”,  the turkey :) is a great classic family movie  (perfect for Thanksgiving) that the whole family can enjoy.  Our girls (11, 9, & 7) love to watch it with us more often than I should admit!

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    Fernando Barrios suggests “The Vicious Kind” 
    Raz Rasmussen adds “Big Night”

  • Lee

    What’s Cooking, 2000.  Wonderful film about four ethnic families facing their own crises at Thanksgiving and who live, unknowingly, in the same Los Angeles neighborhood across from each other on opposite corners. Turns out they are all connected to each other in ways they don’t realize until the end.

  • Jenholden8020

    Pieces of April! Wonderful, fun, quirky Thanksgiving movie, with Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Katie Holmes.

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