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Parents' Guide to

Home for the Holidays

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.

Movie PG-13 1995 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

You take the good an not so good with family during the holidays

It's a great movie and I think everyone can relate to this real take on being with family for the holidays an good an not so fun times .

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This is no A Christmas Story, and it's not Norman Rockwell -- but that's its appeal. Home for the Holidays is an uproarious but also humane look at a family full of strangers. And we're all privileged to watch it. All hail Claudia for attending her mad, dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner so we don't have to!

What director Jodie Foster does brilliantly here is start the story out off-kilter and expertly time it so that the plot lines get more absurd and the dialogue more out of control until you feel like you're on a carnival ride, along for the ups and downs. And of course, since it's not your family, it's funny.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 13, 1995
  • On DVD or streaming: September 4, 2001
  • Cast: Anne Bancroft , Holly Hunter , Robert Downey Jr.
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material, language and brief drug use.
  • Last updated: November 22, 2023

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