Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Thanksgiving wasn’t considered a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln released a proclamation, officially establishing the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday was later moved to the fourth Thursday in November by President Franklin Roosevelt to extend the Christmas shopping season and improve the economy.
Thanksgiving is a time for the entire family to gather and of course give thanks. During this four day weekend, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, share stories and relax. It is also the perfect time to share some laughs and catch up on the lives of others.
Remember that laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
So, in between cooking and football, here are some funny Thanksgiving movies to share with the family. Please note these movies are for a more mature audience.
Funny People (2009) Rated R. 146 minutes.
Adam Sandler never fails to provide a good laughing movie. One of the most memorable scenes is when a bunch of singles gather at Sandler’s character's house for a Thanksgiving dinner. Seth Rogan stars as Sandler’s hilarious number two banana. Sandler’s egotistical character has terminal cancer and attempts to do some of the un-wrongs in his life. This film provides some good laughs and demonstrates how precious life is even with mistakes.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1997) Rated R. 93 minutes.
This John Hughes classic pairs Steve Martin and John Candy in a comedy of errors. Neal Page (played by Martin) is heading back home to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. Unfortunately he has bad luck on one side and Del Griffith (John Candy) on the other. Candy is the shower curtain ring salesman’s whose endless talking takes Martin to his limits as they face a series of unfortunate events. This movie is about truly about the journey not the destination. Also, it will leave you laughing and appreciating your family.