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It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend. The family festivities are already under way when Claudia arrives at the home of her mother, Adele (Anne Bancroft), and father, Henry (Charles Durning). Claudia's brother, Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.), whose homosexuality is tolerated without being discussed on a practical basis, has brought along his new friend Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott). Tommy doesn't get along well with his fussbudget sister, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson), who wears her self-sacrifice like a badge of honor, and he simply hates her husband, Walter (Steve Guttenberg), who has often been the target of Tommy's barbed sense of humor. While the siblings and in-laws struggle to remain civil, their quite eccentric aunt Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives; she insists on discussing her digestive problems, and after a few drinks, she confesses her long-ago lust for Henry. Home for the Holidays was Jodie Foster's second film as a director, and the first in which she didn't also star. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Holly Hunter
as Claudia Larson
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft
as Adele Larson
Charles Durning
as Henry Larson
Geraldine Chaplin
as Aunt Glady
Cynthia Stevenson
as Joanne
Steve Guttenberg
as Walter Wedman
Amy Yasbeck
Austin Pendleton
as Peter Arnold
Claire Danes
as Kitt
Dylan McDermott
as Leo Fish
David Strathairn
as Russell Terziak
Emily Ann Lloyd
as Brittany Lace
Randy Stone
as Man In Car


Jodie Foster
Peggy Rajski
Jodie Foster
W.D. Richter
Lajos Koltai
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Lynzee Klingman
Andrew McAlpine
Production Designer
Stuart Kleinman
Executive Producer
Barbara Drake
Set Designer
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
Gary Pilkinton
Special Effects
Mike Topoozian
First Assistant Director
Michael St. Hilaire
Camera Operator
Avy Kaufman
Chris Radant
Short Story Author