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Oliver Platt stars as Jim Burns in Pieces Of April.
Oliver Platt stars as Jim Burns in Pieces Of April.

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This Thanksgiving road trip movie feast definitely includes a big turkey Add to ...

Thanksgiving is a hectic travel time as Canadians from coast to coast travel far and wide to get home for the holiday feast.

Surprisingly, the pickings are slim when it comes to Thanksgiving road trip flicks. Here are three for your consideration once the pumpkin pie is gone, you’ve loosened you belt and the football scores are final:

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1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles [1987]

Steve Martin, John Candy

Steve Martin is Neal Page, a fussy businessman desperately trying to get home, with John Candy as Dell Griffith, an overbearing slob of a shower ring salesman as his unintentional companion. There are plenty of big laughs in this always watchable Thanksgiving road trip comedy. “Del, why did you kiss my ear?” “Why are you holding my hand?” “Where’s your other hand?” “Between two pillows ...” “Those aren’t pillows!” Classic.

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2. Pieces of April [2003]

Katie Holmes, Derek Luke, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt

Katie Holmes is April Burns, the family outcast living in a grungy New York walkup on the Lower East Side with her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke), who has invited her dysfunctional family over for Thanksgiving. The film follows the family’s odd road trip from suburbia to The Big Apple as April tries to rescue her first turkey try from disaster. It’s a poignant comedy-drama made on a shoestring budget and Patricia Clarkson earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress as Joy, April’s hard-hearted cancer-stricken mother.

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3. Dutch [1991]

Ed O’Neill, Ethan Randall, JoBeth Williams

Talk about turkey time. Ed O’Neill is Dutch Dooley, a lovable blue collar lout whose mission it is to bring girlfriend Natalie’s (JoBeth Williams) insufferably snooty rich kid son Doyle (Ethan Randall) home from boarding school in Atlanta to Chicago for Thanksgiving. You’ll have trouble distinguishing whether it’s the tryptophan in your turkey dinner making you drowsy – or the awful acting and thin script.

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