Home for the Holidays (1995)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 17
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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
Nov 3, 1995 Wide
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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.
Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.
Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.
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.
Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings.
This has its fair share of laugh out loud moments and a good deal of heart.
Has a spirit and an ostensible shapelessness that are pure Cassavetes, enveloping a script that only seems to reach for the precise calculations of 1930s screwball comedy.
As director, Jodi Foster is good with her well chosen cast
Equal parts weirdly off-putting and humorously endearing. (Strange, I know.)
Lame attempt at trying to make you feel good.
WASP dysfunction done up right
Jodie Foster follows up her directing debut with this underrated, intelligent comedy.
It doesn't all work, but it's entertaining.
I found myself shaking my head in embarrassed, smiling recognition.
There are hundreds of films that have covered the same territory with better results.
You wouldn't want to spend too much time here, but a weekend's good value
Any screen that shares the likes of Danes, Downey and Durning at the least promises certain pleasures, and this cast delivers...
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