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Friday, 23 October 2020 15:09

Dinner with friends – ‘Friendsgiving’

Thanksgiving has always been a bit of a forgotten holiday when it comes to movies. Halloween’s got the horror genre on lockdown – not to mention its own named franchise – and Christmas, well … you don’t need to tell me that there are a lot of Christmas movies out there. But Thanksgiving has always been a bit adrift in terms of cinema – for whatever reason, it just doesn’t have the wider cultural relevance of its bookending holidays.

That doesn’t mean we don’t still see some Thanksgiving films, though. The latest entry into the genre is “Friendsgiving,” an indie comedy by first-time feature writer-director Nicol Paone. Featuring a star-studded cast, the film takes a look at two friends struggling to deal with the changes in their lives, dealing with their new realities in very different – and equally unhealthy – ways.

It’s also a very funny look at how the holidays have very different impacts on different people, as well as how our blood relations aren’t necessarily as close to us as the chosen families we assemble from our nearest and dearest friends. It’s goofy and light and occasionally poignant – all in service of the spirit of togetherness that is, at its core, the whole point of Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:07

Giving thanks in the movies

A look at some films with Thanksgiving themes

As a rule, when we hear the term 'holiday movie,' we almost automatically equate it to 'Christmas movie.' It's understandable Christmas is by far the most cinematically celebrated holiday. But is that fair? There are other holidays after all including one right around the corner.

So in that spirit, here are a few 'holiday' favorites that revolve not around Christmas trees but rather turkey dinners. Thanksgiving, while vastly underrepresented in the world of Hollywood, has still managed to serve as the setting for a few great (and some not-so-great) film offerings.

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