Home for the Holidays (1995)

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Adapted from a bitter New Yorker story, this hostile, lower-middle-class dysfunctional-family comedy can’t be anyone’s idea of a yearly ritual, unless you’re gay and your family isn’t, and unless your folks still live in Baltimore. But give it a shot once, if you’re priming for a trip to the tension-filled homestead—the tasteless wrangling eventually climaxes with a beautiful scene of quiet rue involving lost single mom Holly Hunter, her grumpy father Charles Durning, and a reel of old 8mm family home movies. If this movie seems to you less calibrated outrage and more docudrama, you have our sympathies.

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