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  • Summary: Claudia Larson (Hunter) is a divorced single mom who just lost her job and now has to fly home for the traditional family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. From the plane, she calls for reinforcements, and brother Tommy (Downey) makes it down from Boston with a little surprise--a handsome friendClaudia Larson (Hunter) is a divorced single mom who just lost her job and now has to fly home for the traditional family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. From the plane, she calls for reinforcements, and brother Tommy (Downey) makes it down from Boston with a little surprise--a handsome friend named Leo (McDermott). Between dropping the turkey in their sister's lap and a few fist fights on the front lawn, Claudia and Tommy recapture their childhood --and Claudia and Leo explore the sweet possibility of romance. (MGM) Expand
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  1. Home for the Holidays strikes such a perfect note that it's hard at first to realize what an impressive balancing act it is.
  2. 88
    Foster directs the film with a sure eye for the revealing little natural moment.
  3. 75
    Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.
  4. Overall, the movie stresses the more painful and awkward moments; moments that might be classified as "heartwarming" are rare. This results in a very cynical tone and I suspect that was not the desired effect.
  5. 50
    But director Jodie Foster and writer W.D.Richter aren't content to serve the usual Planes, Trains and Cliches at their Thanksgiving feast. With her keen actor's instincts, Foster piles on plenty for her terrific cast to chew on and for us to savor. [03 Nov 1995, Pg.01.D]
  6. 50
    Foster's film offers its fair share of laughs, although most come at the expense of "easy mark" characters. Dramatically, however, the movie is only a step up from a flop.
  7. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    40
    But Foster is unable to give the episodic, fragmented film a coherent feel; her prosaic, sometimes irritating picture proceeds scene by scene, with the requisite climaxes and anticlimaxes along the bumpy road.

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  1. JamesB.
    Jan 23, 2006
    10
    This is about a wild, dysfunctional family, parts of which most of us can all relate. Great characters and a perfect cast. A genius cast, in This is about a wild, dysfunctional family, parts of which most of us can all relate. Great characters and a perfect cast. A genius cast, in fact. This movie requires a sense of humor and it helps if your family is screwed up (too). One of my favorite movies of all time. A no-miss around the holidays. If they allowed a higher score than 10, this would get it. Run Collapse

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