I’m thankful for one thing today, and that is backups. See the earlier post today for more on that! Now onto the regularly scheduled programing…
A Week of Thanks
5 Films about Thanksgiving
~ What’s Cooking ~
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Mercedes Ruehl, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Julianna Margulies, Dennis Haysbert, Estelle Harris, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain, Francois Chau, Will Yun Lee, Isidra Vega, A Martinez
Country: United States
Specs: 109 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: PG-13
Four ethnic households in Los Angeles gather together in their respective homes to celebrate Thanksgiving, each with their own ethnic recipes. Each learns some important aspects of family, friends, and giving thanks.
The first thing I noticed about this balancing act is that director Chadha pulls it off with aplomb. Being able to effectively tell four different parallel stories that all intersect at various points in the film, while holding the interest of the viewer is no easy task, yet Chadha proves that she is more than capable.
The second thing I noticed about this entertaining comedy is the wonderful editing by Janice Hampton (also editor of “Rocky II”). It’s amazing how effective a skilled cutter can be to a films overall enjoyment, and proves that this woman’s touch was just what Chadha needed to bring to this fun comedy peppered with dry humor in the most appealing of ways.
That isn’t to say the film is perfect, or without fault. It does contain elements that prevent this film about families from being a family film (hence the PG-13 rating), but I imagine it has enough to heart to appeal to many adults, to whom the film is targeted.
The most exciting aspect of this pseudo chick flick was the appearance of two of my favorite presidents: President David Palmer, my favorite hero president, and President Charles Logan, my favorite villainous president (both from the Fox TV Show “24”, of course!).
All in all, a nice little treat as we head into the big day. Tomorrow, I’ll focus on the granddaddy Thanksgiving film of them all!
My Rating: **** / B-
Available from Amazon: What’s Cooking?
Amazon Video on Demand: What’s Cooking?