My friend Keri – reminded me of this little gem a few weeks back when I had posted “Home For The Holidays” on my list of favorites for this season. I got a copy and watched it again, and although it is a dark comedy – centering around a family during Christmas week – with all the diversities and complications therein – I would say the same thing to you before viewing it: If you are squeamish about language, sexuality and homosexual topics and people – this is not a movie for you. But again, this is a reality that many families have to deal with on a daily basis. And for me – I was charmed and impressed with how they handled their differences with an unconventional mom leading the way.
I found the subject matter handled with humor and sensitivity – although it is the type of movie that can make you uncomfortable as you see those in the story dealing with their own opinions and prejudices. And I find myself relating with many of the characters.
Charming and well written – at the heart of the story is the mom, battling breast cancer and spending her last Christmas with her grown-up family – and the eldest son bringing home the uptight girlfriend he plans to marry and offer her the family heirloom – the family stone. It will have you laughing, feeling awkward and then crying. Diane Keaton leads this ensemble piece of family ties, unshakable courage and a spirit of love that never dies.
Here is a little clip – enjoy and God Bless!