Home for the Holidays (1995)



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It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: W.D. Richter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004



as Claudia Larson

as Tommy Larson

as Adele Larson

as Henry Larson

as Aunt Glady

as Joanne Wedman

as Walter Wedman

as Brittany Lace

as Walter Jr.

as Peter Arnold

as Russell Terziak

as Ginny Johnson Drewer

as Ron Drewer

as Woman on Airplane

as Man In Car

as Woman at Party

as Counter Boy

as Airport Cop

as Woman on Airport Pho...

as Woman No.2 on Airpor...

as Woman No.3 on Airpor...

as Young Henry

as Young Adele

as Young Glady

as Young Claudia

as Young Tommy

as Young Joanne
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Critic Reviews for Home for the Holidays

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13)

Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Spirited but uneven.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Foster and Richter, of course, want to do more than make audiences laugh; they want us to be touched by their characters' humanity and take an interest in a budding romance, but that rarely is the case.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Home for the Holidays


All I can say is, I hope The Beaver is better than this mess.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

A really good holiday movie. It's not corny or childish, actually I was really surprised at how good it was. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. were both great and the story was well executed and really funny.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Quirky, cute and humorous movie about a seriously disfunctional family. Hunter is in top form here.

A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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