5 funny Thanksgiving movies to stream

October 8, 2017

Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, and soon we’ll all be filling up on multiple helpings (we hope!) of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, OMG IS IT NOVEMBER YET???

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Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, and soon we’ll all be filling up on multiple helpings (we hope!) of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, OMG IS IT NOVEMBER YET???

Okay, okay. Thanksgiving’s still a ways away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing our bellies — and souls — for the familial feast to come. That’s why we’ve gathered up our favorite funny Thanksgiving movies (available to stream RN) for you to indulge in — maybe even binge! — while you search cheap flights home and practice your “That’s-really-offensive-Grandma-but-I’m-just-going-to-let-that-go” face.

Hearty laughs galore? Yes, please! Here are five funny Thanksgiving comedies to feast your eyes on!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (Amazon)

Few films capture the hell that is holiday travel like this gut-busting Thanksgiving classic. Struggling to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids, ad exec Neal Page (the always-hilarious Steve Martin) must bunk up with shower-curtain-ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy at his peak sweet adorkableness) after a freak snowstorm strands them in Wichita, Kansas.

Hysterically funny and heartwarming to boot, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will drive home the meaning of friendship, family, and Thanksgiving.

Pieces of April (Amazon)

Want an extra helping of warm and fuzzies? Pieces of April serves plate after plate of them. The black sheep of her family, quirky and rebellious April Burns hopes to bring her parents and siblings closer by inviting them to Thanksgiving dinner at her small tenement apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

But you know what they say about best-laid plans. Soon, April is putting out fires left and right to keep her picture-perfect family holiday from going up in smoke. Painfully and hilariously relatable AF, this indie movie holiday staple will feed the soul.

Home for the Holidays (Amazon)

What’s worse: Eating Thanksgiving dinner alone or spending the holiday with your wildly dysfunctional family? After losing her job and finding out her own daughter is ditching her to spend the holiday with her boyfriend’s family, single mom Claudia Larson (bless you, Holly Hunter) travels to her childhood home to break bread with the loudest, most over-the-top cast of characters she’s ever ever known: her family.

How will she survive? God only knows. But we know there will be more than enough hearty belly laughs to go around.

The House of Yes (Amazon)

Quirky comedy more your taste? Well, dig in to this deliciously dark comedy starring the first lady of off-beat humor, Parker Posey. Posey plays Jacqueline (aka Jackie-O), a mentally unstable woman recently released from a psychiatric hospital and excitedly awaiting the arrival of her twin brother, Marty, to their family’s Thanksgiving holiday celebration.

But when Marty shows up with an unexpected guest — his new fiancée, Lesly — all hell breaks loose and soon, the still-beating heart of the family’s deeply disturbing secret is cut open for all to see.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Hulu)

This Thanksgiving treasure doesn’t get the love it deserves. Sandwiched between the delightful It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and the absolutely charming A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s easy to forget just what a fulfilling watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is. So feast your eyes, friends, on this enduring holiday classic. Starring all your favorite shakily-drawn, funny-voiced pals from Peanuts, you’ll thank us later for the reminder.

Happy streaming!

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