Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

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Director: Jodie Foster

Cast: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft

     
 
Jodie Foster's humorous portrayal of an odd dysfunctional family coming together for Thanksgiving dinner should strike a chord with anyone who has ever weathered the holidays -- and survived. Home for the Holidays features a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation that sports vivid colors, solid flesh tones, and even black levels. Although there is a small

Overview

Jodie Foster's humorous portrayal of an odd dysfunctional family coming together for Thanksgiving dinner should strike a chord with anyone who has ever weathered the holidays -- and survived. Home for the Holidays features a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation that sports vivid colors, solid flesh tones, and even black levels. Although there is a small amount of grain and dirt in certain scenes, overall this is a very nice looking transfer from MGM. No edge enhancement or shimmer was spotted throughout the feature. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French) and sounds very good. Since this is a dialogue-driven film, surround effects were not aggressive, though there were moments when all speakers were engaged. Dialogue, effects, and Mark Isham's comedic score all shine clearly and concisely. Also included on this disc are French and Spanish subtitles. Much like Jodie Foster's directing debut Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays includes a commentary track by the director. Jodie Foster tends to be very lively and talkative throughout this track, making it enjoyable and enlightening for the viewer. Also included on this disc is an original theatrical trailer for Home for the Holidays. This DVD may not be heavy in the supplements department, but it should be filling enough for any fan of disastrous family comedies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
While not quite as entertaining as her deft behind-the-lens debut, Little Man Tate (1991), this comedy drama from actress-turned-director Jodie Foster is an emotionally satisfying and observant rumination on how family ties often tighten into a noose during the holidays. Cast standouts are lead Holly Hunter as the single mother of a distant teenager who's not quite sure she isn't still a teen herself, and Robert Downey Jr. as her gay brother, the closeted family black sheep. While some of the plot developments are too stridently over the top and sacrifice character development at the altar of wacky "business," the film is a very real portrait of the dread and disappointment that is the flip side of the delight and affection inherent in any obligatory family reunion. While most critics and audiences found that this painfully funny comedy emphasized the pain over the comedy, Home for the Holidays debunks the artificial cheer served up by most motion pictures and deserves to become a perennial holiday favorite for the emotionally and intellectually evolved.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
UPC:
0027616865700
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
28,499

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Jodie Foster; Original theatrical trailer; English: 5.1 surround; French: stereo surround; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Claudia Larson
Robert Downey Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft Adele Larson
Charles Durning Henry Larson
Geraldine Chaplin Aunt Glady
Cynthia Stevenson Joanne
Austin Pendleton Peter Arnold
David Strathairn Russell Terziak
Dylan McDermott Leo Fish
Steve Guttenberg Walter Wedman
Claire Danes Kitt
Emily Ann Lloyd Brittany Lace
Randy Stone Man In Car
Amy Yasbeck Actor

Technical Credits
Jodie Foster Director,Producer
Barbara Drake Set Decoration/Design
Mark Isham Score Composer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Stuart Kleinman Executive Producer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Chris Newman Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Pilkinton Special Effects
Peggy Rajski Producer
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Jim Tocci Art Director
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Fired! [3:31]
2. That's Life/"Flying" [2:16]
3. "Mom and Dad" [6:10]
4. Dear Abby [:08]
5. "Company"/On the Nose [7:43]
6. "Relatives" [:24]
7. Heat and Old Flames [2:19]
8. "More Relatives" [5:56]
9. It's All for "The Birds" [6:01]
10. "Cleanup" [1:37]
11. "Now What?" [1:19]
12. Feasting/"Oh, Claudia!" [4:17]
13. "The Point" [:39]
14. "There Is No Point..." [3:28]
15. The Very Thought of You [7:32]
16. End Credits [8:00]

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Home for the Holidays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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I have watched this movie every year for 8 years. My copy was burned with my daughter's house and I really have to have another copy for this Thanksgiving. This movie represents so many families in this country. The writer must have experienced this type of family life. This movie is on par with 'The Christmas Story', concerning the BB gun. Cannot go through either holiday without these movies.
Suesie More than 1 year ago
i LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie.... it's like my family, but mine is more wacked out... the family is great the comedy is great the diner scene is great.. really a fun movie about thanksgiving and the horrors of family..
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must see for Thanksgiving. A dysfunctional family comes together after not having seen each other since last Thanksgiving, bringing their problems and secrets with them. Hilarious fun and loads of laughs. It is a holiday ritual at my house!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is beyond funny. It is a holiday story for every dysfunctional family. It is a Thanksgiving morning ritual in our house to watch this movie while preparing the meal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Home for the Holidays is a joy to watch...multiple times!! It is hillarious, moving and simply splendid. A definate must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are part of a dysfunctional family, you will relate to and appreciate this fantastic movie! I could watch it 1000 times and laugh as hard as I did the first! Truely a classic that is the start of my Holiday Season every year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to describe the joy this movie brings me each time I pop it in the DVD player. The characters are fleshed-out and realisticly portrayed, especially Robert Downey Jr as the misunderstood son, and Anne Bancroft as the driven yet loving mother. Dylan Mcdermott will melt your heart as the romantic lead. That voice, those eyes! Cary Grant has serious competition as a top tier Hollywood heartthrob in this fine actor. The GTO is pretty cool too. The cover version of Santana's Evil Ways that opens the show is fantastic, and I'm not very fond of his work. Go figure. For a wonderful look into the making of this movie I suggest listening to the Director's commentary on DVD. Jodi Foster gives some real insight into the choices and motives behind the making of this classic American film. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film has something for everyone, and is a joy to watch. We see our own wacky families in each of the characters, making us wonder why we gather together for holidays... but then at the end, Holly Hunter has a private moment with her father (Charles Durning) which brings it all together, and reminds us of what life is all about. A total joy of a movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only for Thanksgiving, but for the whole year. Have kleenex handy, not for crying but to wipe tears from laughing. Great performances from the entire cast. Coming from a large family, I can relate to each character. Will never tire of the movie.
literaturemystery23 More than 1 year ago
Home for the Holidays is a very entertaning movie. It also hit home for me. While not all of the characters specifically reflect my relatives, the atmosphere of the home mirrors the home in which my family comes together on Thanksgiving. The movie holds true to what actual families experience on Thanksgiving Day:laughter, tears, swearing, anxiety, aggravation, love, and perhaps even happiness. The characters are believable, their problems are real (Foster doesn't paint the glossed over fake life here), and wonder why they come home where its the place they really don't want to be. The movie holds Robert Downey Jr's best performance since his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. RDJ brings the character to life and the viewer feels the emotional connection with RDJ's character. The viewer will find himself or herself rooting for the lovable characters and hating the arrogant characters. A must see movie for any occassion, especially Thanksgiving.
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I simply love this movie because it moves me. I don't profess to be a very critical critic. I don't know good directing from bad. I don't always appreciate the critically acclaimed movies and I have liked some odd movies, so take this for what it's worth. (Whew, thank goodness that is out of the way!) I think Holly Hunter is excellent, and I really care that she is suffering. My heart goes out to her, and to Robert Downey's character. I want these people to be happy. I watch this movie with my husband EVERY year around Thanksgiving. It would not be the Holidays without it. I can also say that this is one of his favorites, too. We both still laugh when the characters laugh, and cry when the characters suffer, even though we watch it year after year. It moves me now, and I suspect it always will. Did I mention it alleviates the ''Family Gathering Dread'' guilt?