I’m thankful for the Thanksgiving movies – The Tryon Daily Bulletin


The duration of the conversation

By Jen Pace Dickenson

Looking for something to watch out for over the Thanksgiving long weekend? Pick up one of these festive DVDs from the library and make yourself comfortable with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea! But before you settle in for the holidays, go out on Friday, November 19 for a drive-in at The Meeting Place in Columbus! This free event is sponsored by Polk County Seniors Services and Polk County Public Libraries. Enjoy the 1994 comedy Jingle All the Way (rated PG) at 6 p.m. with free popcorn. Arrive early (5:30 p.m.) to play trivia games with the library. A batch of films will be given to the winning team.

Home for the holidays

When her teenage daughter decides not to attend Thanksgiving, single mom Claudia heads to her childhood home on her own for an explosive holiday dinner with her dysfunctional family. Claudia quickly gets bored of her parents, her long-suffering sister, her snobbish brother-in-law and her crazy aunt. But the evening becomes interesting when sparks fly between Claudia and her brother’s beautiful friend, Leo.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

In the Eternal Favorite starring Steve Martin and John Candy, the easily excitable Neal is somewhat of a control freak. While trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and children, his flight is hijacked due to an abnormal snowstorm, and his sanity begins to crumble. Worse yet, he is forced to sleep with the talkative Del, whom he finds extremely boring. Together, they must overcome the madness of vacation travel to reach their intended destination.

The oath

When Chris, a very nervous news junkie, and his more level-headed wife learn that citizens are being asked to sign an oath of loyalty to the president, their reaction is disbelief. As the Thanksgiving deadline approaches, the combination of working out parents, Chris’s own turmoil, and the unexpected arrival of two government agents derail an already tense holiday rally.

Hollow turkey

When the Emmerson family travel to quaint Turkey Hollow to visit their aunt for Thanksgiving, Tim and Annie quickly get bored and attempt to track down an elusive monster that locals consider a legend in this Jim Henson family story. .


Abby is looking forward to a relaxed Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly. But the friends’ plans for a leisurely turkey dinner go up in smoke when they are joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother. Add in a few puzzles, including Molly’s old flame and a budding shaman, and it’s a recipe for a comically chaotic vacation that no one will ever forget, even if they wanted to.

Free birds

A hilarious comedy for all ages! Two turkeys must put aside their differences and team up to travel through time in order to turn the tide of history and eliminate turkeys from the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For more information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit polklibrary.org or call 828-894-8721.


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