Then there are these less-than-funny comedies: John Hughes’ road-trip farce “Dutch” (1991), with a blue-collar nice guy (Ed O’Neill) intent on delivering his girlfriend’s bratty kid for the holiday; the Pauly Shore vehicle “Son-in-Law” (1993), about which no more need be said; the slapstick misfire “Goin’ Fishin’ ” (1997), with Danny Glover and Joe Pesci trying to make like Laurel & Hardy; and “Jack and Jill” (2011), with Adam Sandler as the titular twins.
Other Thanksgiving-period movies include the downbeat drug addiction melodrama with Robert Downey Jr., “Less Than Zero” (1987); the bombastic Oscar-winner for Al Pacino, “Scent of a Woman” (1992); the downbeat Charlize Theron-Keanu Reeves romance “Sweet November” (2001); the arms-length domestic drama “The Ice Storm” (1997), with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver; the dour romantic comedy “Sweet Hearts Dance” (1988), with Don Johnson and Susan Sarandon as a couple whose marriage is on the rocks; and the Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy caper comedy “Tower Heist” (2011).
There are many others, of course, including a spate of horror films, capped by “Thankskilling” (2009), about a crazed turkey killing students over Thanksgiving break.
All of these movies may be set on or around Thanksgiving, but whether they all deserve thanks is another matter.
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com
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