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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Holly Hunter
Anne Bancroft
Charles Durning
Robert Downey Jr.
Directors
Jodie Foster
Screenwriters
W D Richter
Running Time
100 minutes

Home For The Holidays
Nicely understated dysfunctional family comedy with Jodie Foster at the helm.


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Plot
For Claudia Larson (Hunter) this year's Thanksgiving holiday is beginning to look far from celebratory. Leaving behind unexpected unemployment and a 15-year-old daughter (Danes) hellbent on spending a weekend of cherry popping with her boyfriend, Claudia heads back to her Baltimore homestead to join in the turkey-tinged celebrations with her less than functional family.


Verdict
As a portrayal of smalltown sensibilities and family values, Home For The Holidays doesn't break new ground, but it's likeable in that cosy, wet Sunday afternoon, family sort of way.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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