Exclusive Supercut: 15 Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts (From the Movies)


With Thanksgiving approaching, our holiday anxiety is at an all time high — after all, this is a high-stress holiday, with family member and friends gathering to eat, drink (often a lot), and judge. That combination of elements makes it awfully hard to know exactly how to act on Thursday; luckily, as in most difficult situations, the movies are here to help. So we’ve assembled clips from the Thanksgiving scenes of 17 movies, and gleaned the advice they offer in order to create 15 Dos and Don’ts for Thanksgiving.


Edited by Jason Bailey

Music by Jon Brion, Blue Room

FILMS (in order of appearance):

Nobody’s Fool (Robert Benton, 1994)

The House of Yes (Mark Waters, 1997)

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)

Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)

Home for the Holidays (Jodie Foster, 1995)

She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986)

ThanksKilling (Jordan Downey, 2009)

Dutch (Peter Faiman, 1991)

Alice’s Restaurant (Arthur Penn, 1969)

Addams Family Values (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1993)

The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)

Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest, 1992)

Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)

Son-In-Law (Steve Rash)

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987)