Most of us probably grow up convinced that our own family is dysfunctional or abnormal. This is usually brought home all the more at holiday time. Years of watching glowing Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movies and MGM Andy Hardy flicks about an America that never existed only serve to reinforce this belief that our individual family is not normal. One of the more revelatory moments of my adolescence was a Thanskgiving spent at a friend’s house when I realize that it wasn’t just my relatives that were weird.
Two of my favorite Thanksgiving movies now are Pieces of April and Home for the Holidays. Then this week thanks to the latest attempt to keep me glued to my sofa, I’ve got a new one to add to the list. Not the best flick I’ve ever seen, but well worth my time.