045: Quiz: Happy Thanksgiving!


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TODAY’s quiz is pretty easy, because there aren’t many Thanksgiving movies. You’ve probably seen them all, right?
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    1.) Pieces of April.

    2.) Home for the Holidays.

    3.) American Gangster.

    4.) Hannah and Her Sisters.

    5.) Dan in Real Life.

    6.) Miracle on 34th Street.

    7.) Planes, Trains, Automobiles.

    8.) Holiday Inn.

    9.) The Ice Storm.

    10.) What’s Cooking?


    A.) Relationships between men and women take sophisticated comic turns in this famous New York City Thanksgiving celebration.

    B.) The attractive new woman at the traditional family Thanksgiving reunion
turns out to be the romantic focus of two brothers, both of whom have
been single for too long in the family’s estimation. But who will wind
up with her?

    C.) The late John Candy was never funnier than in this story of two very
different businessmen and the way they approach Thanksgiving one year.

    D.) Four seemingly very different families celebrate Thanksgiving amid the
typical holiday-movie craziness — and discover they’re not quite as
different as we might expect.

    E.) You can’t beat the musical rendition of “I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For” that’s part of this movie.

    F.) A daughter, who has infuriated her family by moving into a run-down
urban neighborhood with her boyfriend, invites her folks to come for
what looks like it might be a disastrously ill-fated Thanksgiving

    G.) This dramatic critique on Americans’ tendency toward selfishness by
director Ang Lee comes crashing down around the characters at

    H.) Usually associated with a different holiday, but its entire opening storyline
depends on traditions associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.

    I.) Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving scenes counterpoint the violence in a drama about a family led tragically astray.

    J.) A museum curator loses her job in a humiliating confrontation with her
boss and slinks back to her family Thanksgiving celebration resigned to
further indignities, until her family surprises her with more
compassion than she expects.

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1.) F. Katie Holmes plays the wayward daughter. The film is wonderful! CLICK ON the cover of the DVD to jump to our review — and order a copy of the film, if you wish to do so.

    2.) J. Holly Hunter plays the misfit daughter in this holiday wrestling match — which, of course, winds up with a warm glow.

    3.) I. “American Gangster” is not exactly heart warming. It’s a violent examination of urban crime — and those deliberate echoes of Norman Rockwell are played for ironic effect.

    4.) A. It’s definitely a “famous” and a “sophisticated” film, because critics always rank “Hannah” as one of Woody Allen’s all-time best ensemble films about adult relationships.

    5.) B. This one is still in theaters — and it is a delightful take on the classic tale of a romantic triangle. The writing is refreshing, but it’s the cast who really make this movie come alive. Go see it!

    6.) H. Now there are two versions of the “34th Street” story — and, if you haven’t seen both of them, we can tell you — without spoiling the movies — that they wind up with some different plot twists near the end, so it’s actually worth watching the original and the remake, as well.

    7.) C. Both John Candy and Steve Martin are at their comic best in this warm-hearted comedy about a couple of bumbling businessmen. It’s funny enough that some folks actually laugh out loud as they watch it.

    8.) E. Here’s another one usually associated with Christmas, but all the holidays are saluted by the stellar combination of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin. Yes, we know that many people prefer the full-color remake, “White Christmas,” but we’ll stick with this black-and-white slice of vintage Americana.

    9.) G. It’s hard to call “The Ice Storm” a “heartwarming film,” although it is a terrific drama in which viewers walk away feeling as though they’ve learned some powerful truths. But, before the film ends, you’re likely to squirm in your seat as you watch this cool-as-ice deconstruction of the self-centered flaws in American culture.

    10.) D. This film hasn’t received nearly the critical promotion that it needs to become a widely beloved holiday film — but we really like this movie and we think you will, too.

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