10 Movies to Watch on Thanksgiving Day (Also, 5 Movies to Avoid!)

November 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm (DVRtard, Gastro-Nominal) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

-from confessionsofacheapskate.com

Avalon– Directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam), this film follows a family of Jewish-Polish immigrants as they found their new lives in America.  Streaming on Netflix

Alice’s Restaurant– Based on an Arlo Guthrie song, this light-hearted satire set at Thanksgiving follows some hippies and their adventures in a VW microbus full of garbage.  Streaming on Netflix

Planes, Trains and Automobiles–  If you’ve never seen this movie, you need to stop reading this right now and find it.  Steve Martin (pre-Pink Panther, an AWFUL film) and John Candy star in this slapstick classic.  Available on Comcast ONDemand for $2.99.

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency– based on the book by Daniel and Jill Pinkwater, this story follows the adventures of a young boy who brings home a 266 lb. live chicken for Thanksgiving.

Dutch– Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy from Married… With Children and now on ABC’s Modern Family) and Ethan Embry star as a smarmy, young brat and his mother’s new beau who are forced to travel cross-country together to attend Thanksgiving.  

Son in Law– America’s most revered actor, Pauly Shore, stars in this admittedly silly, but nevertheless entertaining film, co-starring the jaw-dropping Carla Gugino.  He’s a West Coast slacker.  She’s a Midwest farm girl.  What happens when he comes over for Thanksgiving dinner?  Let’s just say, the answer includes “Tiffani Amber Thiessen”.

ThanksKilling– A low-budget B-horror from 2009, this film follows 5 college kids as they try to survive a homicidal turkey’s rampage.  Streaming on Netflix

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving– The Peanuts gang celebrates by eating toast, jelly beans and ice cream… until Peppermint Patty gets all uppity and starts haranguing everyone.  Sheesh, I don’t know what Marcy sees in her…

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t– A 1/2 hour Hanna-Barbera cartoon airs on Boomerang Thanksgiving Day (11/25) at 10am/9am-Central and again at 7pm/6pm-Central.

Holiday Reunion/Thanksgiving Reunion– from National Lampoon, comes this under-the-radar comedy starring Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad) and Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop 1, 2 & 3).

Movies To Avoid This Thanksgiving:

"Are you gonna finish that turkey?" -from mrcreosote.blog.com

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life– Two words: Mr. Creosote.

Human Centipede– Three people, one mouth, one bum.  You do the math.  Streaming on Netflix– if you’re into that kinda thing…

Dead Alive– Before The Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson helmed this zombie gore-fest which features some of the most dyspepsia-provoking scenes in film history.

127 Hours– Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) directs this film that follows the misadventures of a rock-climber (James Franco) who is forced to amputate his own arm to save his own life.  Many audience members have fainted due to the onscreen carnage.  127 Hours is in theaters now.

Pink Flamingos– John Waters’ debut still stands as one of the most gloriously tasteless films ever.  No matter how bad your pumpkin pie turns out, it can’t possibly be worse than the “sidewalk pie” that Divine enjoys in this movie’s coup de grace.
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