Home for the Holidays

Reviewed By Thom
Posted 11/22/99 09:48:21

"Hollywood gets progressive"
4 stars (Worth A Look)

Even though everyone in hollywood is gay, movies are all about heterosexuals. Home For The Holidays gives us a more realistic look at what happens in the real lives of the people who create the stories for mass consumption. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

What happens when you take a gay man, his open minded artist sister and send them into the suburbs to deal with their aging parents and their other sister who thinks that her life as a devoted mother in the suburbs who eats a balanced meal and reads all the right books, is not only ideal but normal and consequently the lives of her siblings are not only abnormal but unhealthy and possible pathological?

You get Home for the Holidays.

Claudia and Tommy, played by Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr, go home for Thanksgiving and their adventurous, eclectic and idiosyncratic lives are put in sharp relief against the unquestioned norms of white, middle class, suburban america.

Hilarity does not ensue.

Walls break down, people cry, Claudia and Tommy are just all "whatever" to their sister who is having a nervous breakdown because her brother married a man.

If you like laughing at the ignorance of the closed-minded and worldly unwise, you'll like this movie. Walk away feeling self-righteous and justified for choosing your own path and being true to yourself rather than accept whole-heartedly the "program". See Tommy be cute and watch Claudia, single, intelligent, creative and mother of a liberated teenage daughter, fall in love with a handsome guy everyone at first thinks is not only gay, but Tommy's lover.

The Thanksgiving dinner scene is so unbelievable it has to be watched to get in a few more scoffs and long long long glances down your nose.

Its a great movie to see with your friends or parents when you are in the unenviable position of having to "tell something" to people blocked by prejudice or ignorance.

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