The Thanksgiving holiday is good for lots of things besides eating pie (of course, that's the BEST part). Football, if ya like it (I don't, unless it happens to be the Dillon Panthers). Long naps. Crazy family. Awesome family. And lots and lots of down time, once the dishes are done, to watch movies! In years past, my family would all go out to the movies the day after Thanksgiving and catch the latest Harry Potter or James Bond, but small children and the end of Harry Potter (sniff!) have put an end to that.
So instead, we present a handy guide to picking out a few movies to watch at home to suit your mood. Naturally, this is all subjective and heavily influenced by my penchant for cozy old films and childhood favorites when it's cold and dark and we're headed toward the end of the year, so feel free to chime in with YOUR suggestions and preferred flicks! I've put an asterisk beside the (paltry few) ones that are available on Netflix (Netflix, what gives?); for the others, you'll have to hit up your local library or video store (if you can find one).
Movies to …
AVOID OR SCARE YOUR FAMILY
Of course, this depends on your family. My grandmother was totally, tit-ally offended by Love, Actually, so YMMV.
-Battle Royale* (it's FINALLY on Netflix)
-Shame (because nothing says AWKWARD like watching a movie about sex addiction with your parents)
-Posh suggested Trainspotting, which I can hardly even type, let alone think about because I am STILL too grossed out by the detox scene, years later, I can't even … UGH. GROSS GROSS GROSS
WATCH WITH YOUR FAMILY
NONE of these are on Netflix. Shame on you, Netflix.
-Harry Potter (ALL OF THEM. I dare you.)
-WALL*E (HELLO, it's a giant shout-out to some of the best sci-fi ever, like Brazil, plus it'll make you feel super thankful for not living in a landfill -- yet.)
-Up (it'll also make you feel super thankful!)
-Ghostbusters (if you throw in Ghostbusters II, you can try out the old man-eating toaster trick on your nieces and nephews)
WATCH WITH YOUR CRAZY, DRUNK AUNT
-Bernie* (ok, for reals, this movie is AMAZING. And I grew up only an hour or so away from the town it's about! IT'S SO TRUE TO LIFE)
-Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2 (right? RIGHT?!?)
TAKE A NAP TO
only because you've seen them so many times, it's ok to fall asleep! I'm not saying they're boring!
-The Princess Bride
-The Lord of the Rings movies (ok, maybe I think these are a little bit boring … sorry!!)
-The Sound of Music (JUST BECAUSE, OK?)
HATE OR FEEL REALLY GUILTY ABOUT THANKSGIVING
-Even The Rain*
-Son in Law
-Home Sweet Home (this one could go in the following category, depending on your personal outlook)
LOVE ABOUT THANKSGIVING
-Scent of a Woman
-The Ice Storm
GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR CHRISTMAS!
These are movies that aren't 100% Christmas movies, but definitely have Christmas in them and just make you feel warm and cozy.
-You've Got Mail
-The Long Gray Line (ok, maybe this is just my family, but it has Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara and is endlessly quotable)
-Little Women (1933 or 1994)
What will you be watching this long weekend?