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Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day

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Ray Davies

We gave it a D

For a while, it’s interesting to see Mary Tyler Moore in the context of a black comedy filled with bad-taste gags. Moore, talking to her daughter (Kelly Curtis), spouts lines like ”Your father hasn’t gotten it on with me in years.” Moore plays the wife of a wealthy glove manufacturer (Tony Curtis, Kelly’s dad) who keels over dead while carving the Thanksgiving turkey. Most of Thanksgiving Day is spent during the days after Thanksgiving, as the family squabbles over control of the business and Moore is pursued by various men, including Morton Downey Jr., whose cameo calls for him to vomit — twice.

Written by Steve Zacharias and Jeff Buhai (Revenge of the Nerds), Thanksgiving Day soon becomes mean. When Curtis’ character brings her female lover to meet Moore, Moore’s creepy son (Jonathon Brandmeier) mutters, ”Daddy wouldn’t have allowed Barbara’s butch girlfriends in the house.” Don’t allow this movie into your house. D