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5
Home for the Holidays

A starlit cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Dylan McDermott and Anne Bancroft, lends acting prowess to a movie that explores the stressors of gathering with one's family during the holidays. We particularly like this biting comedy for its gently redeeming conclusion. It's a satisfying close to a storyline that finds Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) losing a job, smooching the guy who used to be her boss and coping with a daughter who insists on spending Thanksgiving with her boyfriend. As this extended family gathers around a turkey dinner, the antics step up a notch, which is why this movie made our list. It's entertaining, and has just the right feel for our Thanksgiving movie marathon.

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