Thanksgiving is a time for family, togetherness and food -- but that doesn’t mean you want to talk with your weird relatives for hours on end while trying to digest your lavish feast. Fortunately, we live in the modern age of Netflix, meaning occupying your post-dinner relatives and guests has never been easier and more relaxing.
After cooking a giant meal, arrange seating to minimize the number of family feuds, making sure there’s just enough (but not too much) wine to go around. You deserve a break! This year, after the table is cleared and the family is still lingering, quiet the crowd and slip into a tryptophan coma while satiating your guest’s holiday needs with one of these Turkey Day-themed movies that are currently available to stream in their entirety on Netflix.
1. “Addams Family Values” (1993)
This family of the macabre has two movies available to stream, but only the sequel has to do with Thanksgiving. When Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) and Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) try to get rid of their new baby sibling, they earn themselves a one-way ticket to a sleepaway camp. While they’re there, they’re tasked with putting on their very own version of the story of the first Thanksgiving. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as fluffy and happy as their counselors wanted. It’s the perfect movie to watch with relatives of any generation.
2. “Dutch” (1991)
Ed O’Neill stars as Dutch, an everyday guy who is just trying to make his new girlfriend happy on the holidays. In order to do that, he agrees to pick her 13-year-old son up from boarding school. Unfortunately for him, her son turns out to be a tiny little terror hell bent on making every mile of their long journey home for Thanksgiving a nightmare. This laugh out loud comedy is sure to hold everyone’s attention long enough for you to package leftovers and get all your guests' coats ready to leave.
3. “American Son” (2008)
This drama focuses on a 19-year-old Marine that hasn’t yet told his family he’s deploying to Iraq. Before he ships out, he meets his highly dysfunctional family for one last Thanksgiving. A new love interest from his hometown makes the obligation to go overseas that much more difficult for him to swallow.
4. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987)
This classic comedy stars Steve Martin and John Candy as unlikely travel buddies forced to partner up on a long road trip when their flight gets canceled. Together, they have to travel from New York City to Chicago to get home in time for Thanksgiving. They embark on a journey where neither of them seem to be able to catch a break -- either from the fates or each other.
5. “The Nut Job” (2014)
Although this movie isn’t directly a Thanksgiving flick, it’s set in the wintertime and is all about a hilarious caper to get more food. The kids will love this animated journey in which a grumpy squirrel gets kicked out of his park due to his negativity. To show that he’s more than just a grump, he plans a heist to steal all the nuts from Maury’s Nut Shop so that he’ll have enough to last him through the long winter. With celebrity guest voices such as Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias and Liam Neeson, even the adults in the room are sure to get something out of this movie.
6. “Kristy” (2013)
It takes a specific type of person to want to watch a scary movie on Thanksgiving, but if your family are horror movie enthusiasts, then this is the perfect movie for you. When a young woman decides to stay on her college campus alone during the holidays to save money on plane tickets, she finds herself suddenly being stalked by four psychopaths that want her dead for almost no real reason. While it’s probably not a great movie to watch with young children around, the adults in the room might enjoy a good scare to get the remainder of Halloween out of their systems before Christmas.
Rating: Not Rated
7. “Pocahontas” (1995)
While this may not be a film that directly ties into the Thanksgiving holiday, there's no doubt the youngsters in the room have been learning about the Native Americans and the pilgrims. Even the adults in the room will find themselves singing along to the music and laughing at the animated characters’ antics.