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5 Films to Watch Over your Thanksgiving Holiday

A list of five films that will help both you and your family all agree on something over the holiday weekend

By: Kylie Kinnett

Thanksgiving is two sleeps away. While there is plenty of excitementbrsurrounding the holiday and all the food that comes with it, a holiday weekend alsobrmeans an excess of family. And while yes, we all love our families, I am sure webrcan all agree that after a certain amount of time with them, a small break withbrno talking for at least an hour and a half is a must. Because of that, we havebrcompiled a list of 5 movies that can help fill that necessary silence duringbrthe 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 thebreveryday American work life than when you are enjoying 


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

Fun fact: Office Space was filmed in both Austinbrand Dallas! 

2. You’ve Got Mail

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Any list with a goal of guiding someone throughbrthe world of cinema wouldn’t be complete without a good rom-com—and this is notbran opinion, but a fact. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as leads shouldbrbe enough to get you and your family on board for this film. This movie willbrgive you all the nostalgic feels for your AOL instant messaging days (What wasbryour 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 


brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrI suppose I should include one film that is Thanksgivingbrrelated on a Thanksgiving movie watching list. Plus, who doesn’t love a good ‘olebrJohn 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 itbrhome in time for Thanksgiving. He runs into Del Griffith (John Candy) and thebrtwo end up spending three days together due to their travel tribulations. Thisbrmovie will make you laugh until you cry and provide you with everything you arebrlooking for out of a John Hughes flick.

4. The Holiday


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

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

5. The Princess Bride

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. Youbrkilled my father; prepare to die!” The Princess Bride is one of both my sister’sbrand fiancé’s favorite movies of all time. As quite possibly one of the mostbrquotable movies ever, The Princess Bride can provide fun for all ages in thebrfamily. 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 onebrtrue love, Princess Buttercup from the detestable prince. The film mixes insanelybrtalented writing with wit to create a one-of-a-kind damsel in distress filmbrthat will leave you quoting it for days.