ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

The holiday season is officially upon us! With Thanksgiving right around the corner it's time to get together with our loved ones and give thanks for all that we have. Or you'll be faced with the similarly likely scenario, of eating next to your distant relatives and have awkward, politically-charged conversations that have a low probability rate of ending well.

If there's anything we can learn from the holidays, it's that as much as we have to be thankful for, we also have a lot to be irritated by. Here are nine Thanksgiving movie scenes that will hopefully make your family seem tame in comparison.

1. Brokeback Mountain

[Image: Focus Features]
[Image: Focus Features]

RottenTomatoes score: 87%
The painful in-laws cliche is an oldie, but a goodie. This one starts off with the classic power struggle over who gets to carve the turkey. Jake Gyllenhaal's sudden and uncharacteristic outburst in Brokeback Mountain is enough to make any overbearing father-in-law back off.

2. Home for the Holidays

[Image: Paramount Pictures]
[Image: Paramount Pictures]

RottenTomatoes score: 63%
I'm sure many of us will have at least one unwarranted conversation with a family member, but there's something about accidentally plopping a turkey on someone's lap to really up the tension.

3. The Doors

[Image: Tri-Star Pictures]
[Image: Tri-Star Pictures]

RottenTomatoes score: 54%
Spending Thanksgiving with your loved ones is important, just know where to draw the line. For instance, inviting a woman you cheated on your companion with probably isn't going to make for the most civil holiday affair.

4. Hannah and Her Sisters

[Image: Orion Pictures]
[Image: Orion Pictures]

RottenTomatoes score: 93%
Boozy mothers, extramarital affairs, underage drinking, and talking behind each other's backs? Sounds like a pretty standard Thanksgiving to me.

5. The House of Yes

[Image: Miramax]
[Image: Miramax]

RottenTomatoes score: 62%
As far as dramatic Thanksgivings go, The House of Yes might take the cake. This 1997 dramedy takes family disfunction to a whole new level. Nothing quite like unearthing incriminating family secrets to make you glad the holidays are only a temporary state of being.

6. The Ice Storm

[Image: FOX]
[Image: FOX]

RottenTomatoes score: 93%
If you're a young teen with a flare for theatrics, saying Thanksgiving grace is essentially an open invitation to air your grievances with the holiday and those who choose to celebrate it.

7. Pieces of April

RottenTomatoes score: 94%
Cooking an entire Thanksgiving spread for your family is no easy task, especially when your oven is broken and your family is as dysfunctional as April Burns'.

8. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

RottenTomatoes score: 94%
There are already so few Thanksgiving movies out there, but of the few Planes, Trains and Automobiles perfectly shows the stresses of the holidays with a comedic tone. This holiday classic always makes me thankful for the years I can skip the travel and stay local.

9. Addams Family Values

RottenTomatoes score: 78%
Alright, this isn't technically a Thanksgiving movie, but this scene always comes to mind when we're talking turkey. Wednesday Addams' rousing speech is enough to make anyone want to revolt against the holiday and Sarah Miller.

Watching these movies really puts things into perspective. As long as no one shoots their sibling or puts their parents on a spit, I think you can consider Thanksgiving a success. Now with that in mind, go forth to enjoy your family's Thanksgiving!

What will you watch this Thanksgiving?

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