moirafinnie wrote:Okay, compulsive collectors of all things cinematic, how about some recommendations for movies to rent for Thanksgiving to entertain a crowd from 8 to 80? Thanks in advance for any essential and non-essential ideas...
Well, my favorite film about a close-knit family that winds up enjoying a feast (among other things) would be Pink Flamingos
, but I suppose that would hardly do for the 8 year olds. Though these days I'm not sure exactly how shocked an 8 year old would be by that film.
Here are some others that you might be more open to consider:
(1) The Man Who Came to Dinner
(1942). Watching emotional films with family members can be excruciating. Therefore, I suggest comedy, first and foremost. I don't think this film version of the play is perfect by any means, but as it retains most of the sniping, insult-laden dialogue of the stage version, it'll help any family members bearing grudges or underlying hostilities to purge themselves and breathe easier.
(2) Auntie Mame
(1958). Among other things, collective wish fulfillment. Everyone wishes, or hopes, that they had a Mame Dennis in the family: thoroughly open-minded, with few inhibitions and mostly good intentions.
(3) Master of the Flying Guillotine
(1975). Oh come on, be brave. Give them something that'll make their eyes widen and wake them up after that heavy meal. And yes, there's violence, but less realistic than what the kids would've seen on any given episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
. Possibly the most hilariously bizarre kung-fu movie I've seen. A nice back-up choice would be an Angela Mao Ying film like Lady Kung Fu