Movies for Thanksgiving Digestion
Done eating? To stuffed to move? Burnt out on conversation? Here are a few movie ideas.
Quick and easy laughs
In a World… (2013, on Netflix)
At 90 minutes long this movie is a fairly low commitment. Perfect if you have guests that want to relax after the meal but keep saying “they’re not sure how late they can stay.” The film is about a father and daughter competing against each other in the cutthroat world of movie trailer voice overs. Does such a competitive world actually exist? I have no idea but it makes for some very original comedy.
Galaxy Quest (1999, on Netflix)
This Star Trek spoof is a surprisingly sophisticated comedy and is rated PG, so it is a nice choice if you have a lot of kids around. This is a movie that kept getting recommended to me from surprising places. Most recently Slate.com’s Cultural Gabfest, where they are more likely to recommend a foreign film than a 90s comedy starring Tim Allen. I finally watched it last month and it lived up to all of the great recommendations I have heard over the years. I don’t think you need to be a Trekkie to enjoy this film. Whether you feel the Star Trek love or not, I think poking fun at Star Trek is something everyone can get behind.
While others are watching football…
The Bletchley Circle (2012, on Netflix)
Looking for an escape from the people who have monopolized the TV with football? I recommend this BBC mystery. The first season is three episodes and takes about the same amount of time as a football game to watch. The show is about a group of women who worked as code breakers for the military during World War II. They reunite several years later to use their skills to investigate the trail of a serial killer. In addition to having a compelling mystery, this show also takes an interesting look at the gender dynamics of the 1950s.