What’s cooking for Thanksgiving?
Let’s not debate the merits of brining, or slow-roasting versus quick roasting. If we’re talking turkey, let’s just name those Thanksgiving movies we hold most dear. Mine are
Gurinder Chadha’s What’s Cooking (2000) and Peter Hedges’ Pieces of April (2003), both of which marinate the main course in family crisis and serve up tasty reconciliation for dessert. Not exactly Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want,” but except for the final scene in Hannah and Her Sisters, what is?
Besides the Chadha and Hedges, I confess that I always laugh when the turkey is used as a projectile, as it is in Rocky (1976) and The Doors (1991). And I always shudder when I see the tense Thanksgivings in The Ice Storm (1997) and American Beauty (1999). Your favorite Thanksgiving movie? Why?