Sure, there are plenty of parades, kids movies, and football games to enjoy on Thanksgiving...but how many satisfy the people over 12 years old in your family?
Other than language, this film is an interesting exhibit in how the R rating used to work: in today's world it is practically squeaky clean and ready to view for most older kids and up. Possibly the best and most inspiring Thanksgiving movie ever. Starring: Steve Martin & John Candy, Edie McClurg.see more on Planes, Trains and Automobiles
In this second film in the Addams Family film franchise, the kids are sent off to Summer Camp...and have to put on a very chipper First Thanksgiving Day play--and Wednesday Addams is cast as Pocahontas...
Starring: Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Raul Julia, Joan Cusack.see more on Addams Family Values
Clocking in at over 2 hours, and being in a non-standard low-dialogue art film style, this film may be too much of a demand on impatient or too-sleepy audiences;
That said: Director Terrence Malick's deeply respectful and rich masterpiece about the story of Pocahontas, including her food-relief in deep winter to the starving men of the Jamestown colony is probably the best thing for those who want to get a semi-factual representation of what it was like--though this is not a depiction of the first Thanksgiving or about the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts Colony. Romantic, fascinating, heartbreaking, epic, enchanting, who knows where to end the praise. Give the film 20 minutes and you'll be hooked for life.
A much better option than the Squanto A Warrior's Tale film (which though well-cast is heavily historically innacurate though it does deal with Thanksgiving...but at what price?).
Starring: Q'orianka Kilcher, Colin Farrell, Wes Studi, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale.see more on The New World
A masterpiece starring the late great Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy. Nobody's Fool starts on a freezing Thanksgiving. A humble film that warms the heart and redraws the lines of family and priorities in the life of a deadbeat dad when his son moves back to town. Tandy plays his former school teacher, a sort of mother figure he finds he must protect as well. The whole community in this film is family and the film takes its time to show that, without being heavy-handed or "slow". Also Starring: Melanie Griffiths, Bruce Willis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Dent.
Note: there will be a few moments of frontal nudity, so younger teens may need their eyes blindfolded at odd moments. Parents may want to pre-screen this film to take note of when...see more on Nobody's Fool