Home for the Holidays (1995)

Worth a Watch

Directed by Jodie Foster

Written by W. D. Richter

Based on a short story by Chris Radant

Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes, Cynthia Stevenson, & David Strathairn

Release Date: November 3, 1995

Running Time: 1hr 43min

Rating: PG-13

Claudia Larson (Hunter), a young woman who, after losing her job, kissing her ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter (Danes) has plans of her own for the holiday, departs Chicago to spend her Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional family in Baltimore. Her family includes parents, Adele (Bancroft) and Henry (Durning), aunt Glady (Chaplin), brother Tommy (Downey), sister Joanne (Stevenson) and her husband Walter (Guttenberg).

Upon release the film received mixed reviews from critics who appreciated Foster’s direction and Hunter and Downey’s performances, but criticised the screenplay. The film grossed $22.1 million against a budget of $20 million.

I like this movie. It’s well acted, the cast has good chemistry with each other and are believable as a family. Downey is naturally the most entertaining of the cast, but the others still do a good job. Some of the more serious moments are a bit clunky, but it still all holds well together. Give it a watch.

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