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150 Ratings

Home for the Holidays

Directed by Jodie Foster
United States, 1995
Comedy, Drama


After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family.

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Home for the Holidays Directed by Jodie Foster

Critics reviews

It’s a particularly acute and meaningful experience for the queer viewer. Hardly just about screeching relatives, Foster’s raucous yet enormously touching film, from a layered script by W.D. Richter (who wrote the very great, queerish 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers), concerns the marginalization, alienation, and estrangement you can feel within your own family.
November 21, 2018
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I’m not sure if at that point in my life I had yet encountered an ensemble film made by and for adults, in which multiple points of view and life experiences shot across the screen rapid fire, and in which the narrative was driven by quotidian experience and the push and pull of familial relations. What a revelation to encounter the energy of an action movie inside a film about being a member of a family.
November 21, 2015
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Don’t let Hunter’s chipper demeanor and the sitcom-ish setup fool you. By the time Foster reaches the centerpiece dinner sequence (an amazing feat of editing by Lynzee Klingman), her vision of the familial reunion has intensified to life-or-death, do-or-die proportions, with each exhumed secret and pointed insult sending shudders across the table.
June 09, 2015
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