If you’re an American celebrating Thanksgiving, you’ve probably tried to find an activity to occupy your extended family in the post-dinner haze. Watching a movie is probably the easiest solution, but there’s one big caveat: You probably don’t want to watch a movie that you think you’ll actually enjoy.
why? Well, for one, maybe you’re in the early stages of a food coma, due to the sheer amount of carbohydrates. And the wine I had to drown out any political discussions certainly doesn’t help. On the other hand, watching movies with the family invites a lot of discussion, and explaining to your mother why Everything everywhere at once Really resonates with you while telling you she didn’t get why your daughter wasn’t nicer is probably not a conversation you want to have over the holiday.
But this is where we come in. Polygon prides itself on offering a carefully selected variety of movies where falling asleep and getting out will only enhance the experience. Plus, these movies are also great movies to talk about and point out weird moments, ultimately bringing you and your loved one closer together. And if one of those things sound compelling, but someone you’re hosting points out Just Watched it on the plane or you don’t have the streaming service, we’ve provided some alternatives.
Avengers: Infinity War
If you forget what’s going on Avengers: Infinity War – Or if you forget what happened before Avengers: Infinity War – Don’t worry about it. Avengers: Infinity War It’s basically three hours of a million characters shuffling around the chessboard and exchanging clever lines. This is “Ah these two guys interact!” MCU movie, which means you can snooze between scenes and then get up in time for the next two-man interaction.
Where to watch: Stream on Disney Plus, or available for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
substitution: Other MCU movies that could be summed up in two and a half hours get a dozen characters right where you need them for the next movie, or introduce a dozen characters who will be important later: eternalCaptain America: Civil War or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Any of the Robert Langdon movies
It was not so long ago when readers devoured Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci CodeBecause it made them feel very smart. For the most part, we get that some clever facts about art history isn’t a good novel (especially when these books delve into how hot its main character is and how charismatic she is). But regardless of Brown’s writing talents and the books’ realistic accuracy, they still make for fun movies. If you want adventure films that deal with history as a light springboard for distorted facts, you can also go with those that play with European history.
Where to watch: The Da Vinci Code Available to watch for free with ads on Tubi, or for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play. Angels & Demons Available to watch on Netflix. Big fire Available to watch on Starz, or for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple and Google Play.
substitution: national treasure And the National Treasure: Book of Secrets, because they are antique adventure films that age better than Indiana Jones; also, Dora and the lost city of gold. Trust me.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
she did Breaking dawn Need to split it into two films? of course not. Is he working? honestly Yes. A good part of this movie is the awkward narration to show the passage of time, but there are some amazing highlights, like the really cool vampires from around the world with unique powers (featuring actors like Rami Malek and Lee Pace ????????), So is the epic final “battle” scene. Lee Pace’s character Garrett and electrogenetic vampire Kate (Casey LaBeau) have the best romance in the entire four movies, and they each have 15 minutes of screen time. Instead of lamenting the fact that all these wonderful characters are only here to support Bella and Edward’s relatively bland story, while you’re drunk and sleepy, you can simply enjoy the time they have.
Where to watch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Available to watch on Showtime, or for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
substitution: Other “This is the second half of the last book in a best-selling YA series that we broke into a couple of movies for a little more money,” and there were quite a few of them in the 2000s—namely The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two And the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
I’ll refrain from making any statement about prequels versus sequels versus original trilogy versus Disney Plus offerings, however Attack of the Clones Rules for when you’re not really into it. The scene where Obi-Wan discovers someone has commanded an entire army of mortal men and he goes along with it feels like an elaborate game of improvisation? High comedy. Padme frees herself from chains and rips off her clothes in a very fashionable way? slaughter. Yoda going to the top with his lightsaber? Congrats. The entire “Through the Stars” montage? Well – that’s a really good thing.
Where to watch: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Available to watch on Disney Plus.
substitution: If you don’t want to spark a cross-generational debate in your family about prequels vs. sequels vs. original trilogy vs. Disney Plus shows, but still want sci-fi with flashy special effects and a plot that barely holds together, try Jupiter Ascendant wow Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Nothing about cars 2 makes sense. Enjoy this as an advantage, not a bug. Any other Pixar movie could make you so emotional, or you’ll fall asleep and miss the part that’s supposed to tug at your heart strings and then wake up wondering why everyone’s so ripped. But cars 2 It is just absolutely crazy from start to finish. Mater became a super spy! cars He flies With missiles! Also, the whole message is that renewables are a scam, which is a really weird message to put in a kid’s movie, especially after Wall-Ebut we will ignore that.
Where to watch: cars 2 Available to watch on Disney Plus.
substitution: Any DreamWorks animated film made between 2004 and 2008.
The only way to watch this movie is to be fairly drunk, whether it’s on wine or turkey. In this way, the terrifying experience is transformed into a dreamlike and surreal state of mind. Allow yourself to be transported away to the world of Jellicle cats, with their human faces and toes, but with their bare, furry bodies and tails. Let “Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat” get stuck in your head, instead of overly scrutinizing why cats look so small on railways. Disclaimer: Polygon is not responsible for any songs stuck in your head for the rest of the weekend.
Where to watch: the cats Available for digital rental or purchase via Amazon, Apple and Google Play.
substitution: Movies that will also do psychological damage to your loved ones: The greatest showman And the Cinderella (2021). But if you want the catsbut it’s actually pretty good, then try the official Broadway recording.
The thing about Disney’s live-action remakes is that, for the most part, they’re all basically the same story as the originals, but in a way that’s a lot less visually appealing. However, there are some exceptions that come in the form of “Let’s give this one-note villain a tragic backstory.” Cruella makes this list a little more mischievous Just because he’s the villain who doesn’t deserve this backstory. In the post-food haze, you can stop musing about the morality of killing puppies and instead enjoy intricate costume heists.
Where to watch: Cruella Available to watch on Disney Plus.
substitution: Aladdin (2019), mischievous (2014), Mulan (2020), Cinderella (2015) … any of the Disney live-action remakes, really, except the king lion (2019), which puts you straight to sleep.
This doesn’t really deserve the vilification of being on this list because it’s such a good movie, but I will say that the experience of this movie only gets better with each successive glass of wine – let your inhibitions go and knock off ABBA to your heart’s content. The hidden bonus here is that in my personal experience, my parents and friends of parents the love ABBA and they’d all be like, “Oh, you know this is Old song?” And you’ll be like, “Yeah, of course I do!” Let go of the fact that everyone in the world knows “Dancing Queen,” and they’ll like it even more.
Where to watch: Hey Mom Available to watch on Hulu and Peacock.
substitution: Mama Mia! here we go again. Be careful – you may cry.
How do I begin to explain country holds? It’s based on a really old theme park attraction. It’s “Bringing the Band Back Together to Save a Beloved Building!” The movie, except for the band made up of anthropomorphic bears. Nobody questions the fact that these bears live side by side with humans. The main character is a teenage bear who lives with a human family who recently learned that he was adopted. Elton John is in it, like him. There are two musical sequences that feature pop stars in the early 2000s. The Eagles’ lead singer makes a comment about how the Country Bears are better than the Eagles. Christopher Walken brings 110% to his role as the villain. Every moment of this movie is played out seriously and since nothing makes sense, it kind of makes sense? It definitely makes more sense when you’re a little high.
Where to watch: country holds Available to watch on Disney Plus.
substitution: nothing. Sorry, nothing else compares.
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