Happy Thanksgiving 2020, everyone. Well, wherever you are in the world, most likely this year’s holiday won’t be like the usual times. Where I am in Minnesota, we are under lockdown once again since Spring, so not only we can’t have a meal in restaurants but we also can’t have gatherings with people outside our household. It’s going to be take-out food and Netflix + chillin’ for us tomorrow, well actually it’ll be Disney+ chillin’ as we’re going to finally catch up on The Mandalorian, yay! [gotta enjoy life’s simple pleasures when you can] 😀
Well, since most of us probably aren’t going to be having big lunch/dinner with your extended family/friends, I thought I post some memorable Thanksgiving scenes. Well, they’re not always heartwarming and fun… let’s just say I’m grateful I don’t have to attend any awkward dinner scene anytime soon.
SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992)
I saw this years ago in the theater with my older brother right before I went to college (I just dated myself, ha!). I think this is Lt. Col. Frank Slade is one of Al Pacino‘s greatest roles and he won an Oscar for it. Pacino and Chris O’Donnell made quite an intriguing unlikely couple and it’s definitely a Thanksgiving to remember for both of them.
The tango scene is no doubt my favorite, but this Thanksgiving dinner at Frank’s brother is certainly a memorable one.
I can’t believe this movie was done 18 years ago. There have been a bazillion more Spider-man movie franchises since Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire made their mark. I still think there are tons of memorable scenes in this franchise, especially involving Peter Parker and friends-turned-foes the Osborns.
Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Norman Osborn, and this dinner scene is quite suspenseful as Norman suspected Peter’s been hiding his alter-ego identity.
The Blind Side (2009)
I remember this movie caught a lot of flak when Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal as the mother who adopted a homeless boy who later became an NFL player. I actually liked the film and Bullock’s sensitive performance portrayal which is quite different from her mostly rom-com roles at that point.
The Thanksgiving dinner scene started out with everyone all eating dinner in the living room watching football instead of at the table… but Leigh Anne invited the family to gather at the table as to give her new guest Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) a sense of family during the holidays. The movie portrays a refreshingly flattering picture of a Christian family saying grace before they have the meal.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Now, this one isn’t exactly a Thanksgiving dinner scene but it’s certainly an activity many Americans do before the big day, that is grocery shopping. I love the slice of American life in Nora Ephron movies which fuses humor in awkward situations.
No matter how many times I’ve watched this movie, I always cringe the moment Kathleen (Meg Ryan) realized she’s in the cash-only cashier because she was distracted by trying to avoid his nemesis-turned-boyfriend Joe (Tom Hanks) only to have him rescue her. This is also Sara Ramirez‘s first ever on-screen role and definitely a memorable one.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day + week, everyone! What’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving scene(s) in movies?