Thanksgiving Movies


Halloween is nearly officially over, and before everyone jumps on the Chris Kringle Wagon of Premature Christmas Fever, I’d like to remind everyone that there is one more holiday before Christmas, Thanksgiving. While I’m sure you are going to go home and put up the Christmas decorations and start listening to your holiday albums that I KNOW you have, there are still some good Thanksgiving movies for those of us who are going to wait until after Thanksgiving to get into the Christmas fever.

First off is Plains, Trains, and Automobiles. Released in 1987, the movie follows easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin), who is somewhat of a control freak. He is trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.

Next up is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This one is a classic. This CBS animated special was released in 1978, and has been re-run  every year since. Simple enough, the special follows the Peanut’s gang and their various fall shenanigans, including football and making Thanksgiving Dinner in the backyard.

Next up is Free Birds. Free Birds is a fairly recent release, opening in 2013. The story is kind of crazy, following a team of turkeys who travel back in time to prevent turkey from being part of the first Thanksgiving, thus removing it from tradition.

While we all know there are probably twice as many Christmas movies out there, there is still a decent supply of enjoyable Thanksgiving movies out there for you to watch.

By: Dylan Hiegel

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