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A Family Thanksgiving (2010)

A lawyer trying to make partner is shown the joys of living a more balanced life.

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Neill Fearnley

Writer:

Emily Baer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daphne Zuniga ... Claudia
Dan Payne ... Bill
Gina Holden ... Jen
Kennedi Clements ... Amy
Nicolai Giustra Nicolai Giustra ... Jake (as Nicolai Lawton-Glustra)
Faye Dunaway ... Gina
Pascale Hutton ... Becca
Neill Fearnley Neill Fearnley ... John Skinton
Kyra Zagorsky ... Megan
Lauren Cochrane ... Jessica
Ryan Biel Ryan Biel ... Coffee Shop Employee
Dee Jay Jackson ... Al
Ashé Sabongui ... Alli
Jakob Davies ... Harper
Kirby Morrow ... Tim
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Storyline

A wealthy, successful corporate lawyer is living the high life in San Francisco with little time for anything except her lavish lifestyle until a close encounter with a bizarre mystic drops her into an alternative reality to see what her life might have been like had she made different choices. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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A Holiday Miracle Will Help Her Realize What She's Been Missing

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Family Thanksgiving See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Trivia

This movie is a gender reversed parallel to The Family Man (2000) with Nicolas Cage. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Not every woman needs 2.5 kids and a husband and a mini-van to complete her. My friends are my family, that firm is my spouse, I wake up every morning, a happy, single, successful woman, wondering what on earth could I possibly need?
Gina: Ha-ha! So you got it all figured out huh?
Claudia: Yeah. Pretty much.
Gina: Well, I guess we will see.
Claudia: I know what I want and I'm getting it. We're done. Stop the car! Get out.
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Blue And White
written by Peter Allen
performed by Peter Allen
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It's a Wonderful Thanksgiving.
30 August 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

A hard working attorney is shown how her life would be is she had a husband and kids. Claudia (Daphne Zuniga) is the successful trial attorney who graduated at the top of her class from Harvard Law School. She's working hard to become the first female partner within a high-powered firm. She believes her life is 'perfect'. Her sister asks her the day before to prepare for the family Thanksgiving a homemade apple pie. Claudia, however, is everything but the homemaker her sister is, and is annoyed by the request because she doesn't have 'time' for such things.

Meanwhile, Claudia is directed to assist a corporate client in reversing an injunction so that it can demolish a park to build an enormous development. In order to realize this, she insists her subordinate employees work on Thanksgiving Day, because the court hearing is the day after. During this process, Claudia meets Gina (Faye Dunaway), a mysterious older woman who makes it her goal to teach Claudia some moral lessons. Gina takes Claudia to an alternative world, where Claudia is a lower profile happily married minivan-driving 'soccer mom' with two children.

Claudia is perplexed by the situation she is now in, but while experiencing her new life, the way it could have been, she learns that she is missing out on a lot; despite past prejudice regarding married life, she eventually finds she's falling in love with the man to whom she is married, and she becomes accustomed to the new life she is leading. Furthermore, she grows closer to her sister. Just as she is about to settle with her new life, Gina returns to take her back. Claudia is reluctant to return to her corporate life, and thus must consider what she is most thankful for.

What I hated about this film that is shows that women are not happy until they have a husband and kids. This very stupid. I think a better story line is that she breaks with her husband and would of been shown what life she will miss out on.

The performances in this film are good. I just have a huge problem with the hidden message that "Women are only happy when they are married. That is insulting.


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