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5 Movies to Watch While You’re in a Turkey Coma

After eating dessert and clearing the plates, there’s no better place to be on Thanksgiving Day than on the couch, in a tryptophan-induced dream state. My family has a post-feast tradition of cozying up in the living room, building a fire, and popping on the biggest-budget blockbuster we can find On Demand. While this year’s pick is still up in the air (my vote’s for the apocalyptic laugh fest This Is the End) here are some of my favorite classics (with mass appeal) for a food coma film fest, listed in order from family-friendly fare while the kids are still awake to a late-night horror classic:


1. The Kid-Friendly Family Film: Home Alone (1990)
Funny to kids and adults alike, 20+ years later Home Alone has yet to lose its luster. Macaulay Culkin shines as mischievous eight-year-old Kevin McAllister, mistakenly left behind after his family heads to France for Christmas vacation. With the threat of the Wet Bandits (a couple of knuckleheaded crooks), Kevin does the best a third grader can do to protect his home (and himself) from harm. Hilarity ensues.

2. Trite (But Terrific) Rom-Com: Love Actually (2003)
I don’t care how many times I’ve seen it, I love Love Actually. (Word on the street is that a lot of guys love it, too.) With its intersecting romantic vignettes, charming British cast (Hugh Grant at the Prime Minister anyone?), and a Mariah Carey finale number, there really is something for everyone. I’m jonesing to watch this one just writing about it.

3. Epic Babysitting Odyssey: Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
I remember watching this movie on one of the first nights I was allowed to stay up late with the adults in my family. For those of you who haven’t seen it, one night of babysitting goes awry for a teen in the Chicago suburbs. With the kids in the backseat she braves flat tires, stolen cars, and a blues club showdown, all in the span of one insane night. Do they make it home before the parents to? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.

4. Hard-Boiled Crime Flick: The Departed (2006)
Once the kids’ table hits the hay, my family tends to want some high-stakes suspense. Martin Scorsese’s Serpico-referencing cop drama is just as thrilling as it is funny—both Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg play comic roles—and the rest of the cast is as good as it gets: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Vera Farmiga.

5. Scary Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
With a painfully full Thanksgiving belly, you may find yourself relating to poor Rosemary Woodhouse, the unknowing mother of a demon child, played by Mia Farrow in this classic horror film. As Rosemary nears her due date, she finds herself at the center of a creepy conspiracy that involves not only her husband and neighbors, but her doctor too. The movie’s strange and chilling finale is one you won’t forget anytime soon.


Photo: 20th Century Fox