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5 Films to Watch Over your Thanksgiving Holiday

11/20/2018 01:11PM ● By Kylie Cooper

By: Kylie Kinnett

Thanksgiving is two sleeps away. While there is plenty of excitement surrounding the holiday and all the food that comes with it, a holiday weekend also means an excess of family. And while yes, we all love our families, I am sure we can all agree that after a certain amount of time with them, a small break with no talking for at least an hour and a half is a must. Because of that, we have compiled a list of 5 movies that can help fill that necessary silence during the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, from us and ours!

1. Office Space 

What better time is there to watch a satire on the everyday American work life than when you are enjoying 

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your time off from work? The movie trails Peter Gibbons and coworkers as they become increasingly fed up with their jobs. Chock full of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners, this film is sure to keep everyone in the room laughing. And, at the end of the day, leaves us with the message that unifies us all: work sucks.

Fun fact: Office Space was filmed in both Austin and Dallas! 


2. You’ve Got Mail

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Any list with a goal of guiding someone through the world of cinema wouldn’t be complete without a good rom-com—and this is not an opinion, but a fact. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as leads should be enough to get you and your family on board for this film. This movie will give you all the nostalgic feels for your AOL instant messaging days (What was your username? Mine was kkrox427 in true Kylie fashion).  This is a classic feel-good film, one that even the most hardcore, anti-love cynics will have to admit made them feel a certain way. 

3. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles 

I suppose I should include one film that is Thanksgiving related on a Thanksgiving movie watching list. Plus, who doesn’t love a good ‘ole John Hughes film? Neal Page (the incredible Steve Martin of Cheaper by the 

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Dozen fame), is an advertising head-honcho kind of guy who is trying to make it home in time for Thanksgiving. He runs into Del Griffith (John Candy) and the two end up spending three days together due to their travel tribulations. This movie will make you laugh until you cry and provide you with everything you are looking for out of a John Hughes flick.

4. The Holiday

Ok, I lied, there are two rom-coms on this list. But, are you complaining? The debate on how early is too early for Christmas related things is constant and on-going (especially in my household). However, slipping a tiny bit of Christmas into your Thanksgiving Day festivities isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world. The Holiday has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, AND Jude Law??!? Come on. As a way of escaping heartbreak during the holiday season, 

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 Amanda Woods (a HBIC who produces movie trailers in Los Angeles) and Iris Simpkins (a wedding columnist for The Daily Telegraph in London) decide to switch lives for two weeks. You will laugh; you will cry; you will sympathize; you will smile. It is the perfect way to ease into the Christmas spirit!

5. The Princess Bride

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; prepare to die!" The Princess Bride is one of both my sister’s and fiancé’s favorite movies of all time. As quite possibly one of the most quotable movies ever, The Princess Bride can provide fun for all ages in the family. Adapted from the novel by William Goldman, 

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the film follows the ever-so handsome Westley as he takes on the quest of rescuing his one true love, Princess Buttercup from the detestable prince. The film mixes insanely talented writing with wit to create a one-of-a-kind damsel in distress film that will leave you quoting it for days.