The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of holiday themed movies…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (27 Nov 2001 and 26 Dec 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A woman travels to visit her very eccentric family for Thanksgiving which brings up lots of memories both good and bad.
My Take on it – The main strength of this movie is its cast. It isn’t too often that you can get so many talented actors together for a family movie that doesn’t have the best of stories.
Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. , Dylan McDermott, Charles Durning, Anne Bancroft, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes and Cynthia Stephens are all great with the material they are given, but with a crazy script depicting a crazy family there isn’t much they can do.
I can’t say that this was such an enjoyable film to watch despite the cast and few humorous scenes
Bottom Line – Crazy story about a crazy family that is only interesting to watch due to its stellar cast. Has a few funny scenes too.
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not by a longshot!
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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