Home For The Holidays


(out of 5)

Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job and then has to spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Midwest being raked over hot coals by her family. Mom  has never understood why her two eldest children live so far away from her and her husband (), middle gay brother  shows up to wreak the usual havoc he does at family get-togethers, and little sister  can never seem to hide her resentment over being the one who stayed behind to take care of her parents. The characters are fantastically written, from crazy aunt  to handsome suitor , and while the tone really ought to maintain a more consistent tone, the fact that absolutely everyone can relate to a minimum of three or more of the explosive situations that happen here makes it essential viewing.

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USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the short story by

Cinematography by

Produced by Jodie Foster,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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