I was looking at ideas for our holiday viewing this Thanksgiving. I found a lot of the same movies on the lists: Pieces of April and Trains, Planes and Automobiles. My friends and family and I thought of a few more.
Addams Family Values – Remember Wednesday proclaiming that the European invaders are up to no good, and “for all these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground.” Good way for those of European ancestry to have their guilt and turkey too.
Swiss Family Robinson 1960 – They are actually celebrating Christmas but it’s all about colonialism and harvest and so is applicable. The ostrich in the race and the tree-housewarming are fun. Edit: Just saw it and think it works better as an Xmas movie.
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale – I don’t know how historically accurate this movie is. The movie portrays him as the most forgiving and most intellectually curious man on the planet at the time. Definitely a hero.
Wizard of Oz – Well, there is no place like home, even if it’s so economically depressed, they can’t afford color.
Lilo & Stitch – It’s all about family and songs and psychotic aliens – perfect for Thanksgiving.
Last of the Mohicans 1992 – Wes Studi is the awesome. And it’s good for people who prefer the action-packed over the touchy-feely.
Johnny Appleseed 1948 – The real dude was way crazy. But it’s got a joyful “be thankful” song.
Eat Drink Man Woman – Wrong country but family is family and food is food. I love this movie.
You Can’t Take It with You – I haven’t seen this but I am assured that it’s a great friends, family and food movie.
Big Night – Immigrants struggling to make it is a big part of the USA story. And the final scene…wow. Just wow.