Home for the HolidaysDirector: Jodie Foster
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… See more details below
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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.
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Cast & Crew
|Holly Hunter||Claudia Larson|
|Robert Downey||Tommy Larson|
|Anne Bancroft||Adele Larson|
|Charles Durning||Henry Larson|
|Geraldine Chaplin||Aunt Glady|
|Austin Pendleton||Peter Arnold|
|David Strathairn||Russell Terziak|
|Dylan McDermott||Leo Fish|
|Steve Guttenberg||Walter Wedman|
|Emily Ann Lloyd||Brittany Lace|
|Randy Stone||Man In Car|
|Barbara Drake||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Isham||Score Composer|
|Stuart Kleinman||Executive Producer|
|Susan Lyall||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Andrew McAlpine||Production Designer|
|Chris Newman||Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Gary Pilkinton||Special Effects|
|Dawn Solér||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Michael St. Hilaire||Camera Operator|
|Jim Tocci||Art Director|
|Mike Topoozian||Asst. Director|
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]
Audio Commentary (by Director Jodie Foster): On
Audio Commentary (by Director Jodie Foster): Off
Spoken Languages: English
Spoken Languages: Français
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Home for the Holidays is a joy to watch...multiple times!! It is hillarious, moving and simply splendid. A definate must see.
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!
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.
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..
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.
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?