Movie Of The Day: Holiday Reunion/Thanksgiving Family Reunion (2003)

A famous Hollywood anesthetist yearns for a more simple, authentic reality, so when his long lost cousin invites him over for Thanksgiving, he drags his snotty spoiled family along to meet what of course turn out to be a bunch of rednecks with a heart of gold.

Holiday Reunion, also known as Thanksgiving Family Reunion, is a TV-movie directed by Neal Israel (Bachelor Party) and written by duo Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler (creators of Disney Channel’s Cory In The House). It stars Judge Reinhold (Swing Vote), Bryan Cranston (Malcolm In The Middle), Penelope Ann Miller (Blonde Ambition) and Hallie Todd (Lizzie McGuire) among others. It is released under the National Lampoon banner. Trailer and review after the jump.

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Movie Of The Day: Class Reunion (1982)

10 years after playing a cruel prank on a fellow student at an end of senior year party, a band of classmates return to their old high school for¬†a class reunion. Of course, the now crazy dude, who has a paper bag over his head and wears a schoolgirl’s uniform, is waiting for them, ready to kill them one by one. Also, rock legend Chuck Berry pops in for a few songs. Think of it as an eighties Scary Movie, with less gross out scenes.

This pretty much forms the basis for Class Reunion, a 1982 horror spoof released under the National Lampoon brand. Now I know what you’re thinking, but while National Lampoon now rhymes with “absolute crap”, back when it started it actually usually meant fun, with talent such as talent such as John Landis & John Belushi (Animal House), Harold Ramis & John Hughes (Vacation), etc, often involved.

Class Reunion is actually John Hughes’ first produced script. The movie is directed by Michael Miller (Silent Rage) and stars a bunch of people you wouldn’t know, the most recognizable face probably being Michael Lerner (Godzilla), in a supporting role. Trailer and review after the jump.

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