Thanksgiving films deserve more recognition


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There are many movies to watch around Thanksgiving. A few movies to watch are “Home for the Holidays,” “Survive the Night” and “The Blind Side.”

When it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving, there are various ways to go about it, whether it’s a feast, watching football or enjoying a film.

Because the holiday season places a lot of emphasis on Christmas, there are a lot of movies set around the Christmas season. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t movies set around Thanksgiving.

One film is the 1988s “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which starred comedians Steve Martin and the late John Candy. It is an on-the-road movie that has the two leads, both of whom have contrasting personalities, traveling together across the country to get home. What makes this movie fascinating is the comedic abilities and chemistry that Martin and Candy have together, as well as some story elements that come together by the end.

Another film set around Thanksgiving is 1995s “Home for the Holidays” starring actress Holly Hunter. The plot deals with a dysfunctional family that somehow stays together despite the chaos of dealing with relatives during the holiday season. In fact, this movie is appropriate for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Though it’s good to give thanks while indulging in the laughs, it’s also good to check out dramas with a feel for the holiday.

“The Blind Side,” released in 2009, is another example set around Thanksgiving time. It’s also based on a true story. Not to mention the football theme goes hand-in-hand with Thanksgiving.

For horror fans, 2019s “Pilgrim” may provide the thrills and chills that they could look for if they want something different from comedic or dramatic fare. Although it may look like it’s a period piece on the surface, the setting is more in modern times and has a plot of actors portraying pilgrims.

Although this is an obscure film, “Survive the Night,” a 1993 made-for-television thriller, is good for Thanksgiving as it’s set on the holiday. It’s a film that was shot in Canada and that stars actresses Stefanie Powers and Kathleen Robertson. It is about three women who run out of gas on the way home from a relative’s house and then get hassled by a gang and have to evade and fight for survival against them.

What makes this film good is that aside from its low budget, it covers common family issues with the main characters being a mother and daughter and them trying to survive while also dealing with their relationship.

There are a lot of films to choose from. Something to be thankful for.