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Friendsgiving is a Fun Thanksgiving Film

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I will admit my expectations were low when I decided to watch Friendsgiving. I was pretty sure it was only trending on Netflix because it was Thanksgiving. Aside from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Thanksgiving-themed movie options are pretty limited. I was therefore surprised, to find Friendsgiving very entertaining and quite existential at times in a way that only millennial humor can manage.

The film follows two best friends, Molly and Abby (Maline Ackerman and Kat Dennings), who end up hosting a chaotic Thanksgiving dinner with their friends and family. Molly is a straight mom, going through a divorce. Abby is a lesbian struggling to get over a break-up. When Molly invites her friend, Lauren, over for the Thanksgiving that she was going to spend with Abby, the get-together snowballs into a huge party.

I enjoyed that Abby’s lesbian identity is no small part of the film. It is no secret that she is struggling to get over her ex-girlfriend. So Molly invites lesbian guests to the Thanksgiving party, hoping they might be a match for Abby. What ensues is a hilarious bit where the lesbian guests introduce themselves the way one would do on a dating site, complete with their own personal preferences. It felt like this joke with references to queer terminology was made for the viewership of LGBTQ+ people rather than to laugh at us.

I also enjoyed a scene in which Abby, high on shrooms, has a vision of her “fairy gaymothers” played by Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Fortune Feimster. These women tell Abby to look within herself to find the confidence she needs. All she has to do is click her heels and say, “There’s no place like Home Depot.”

With all this and more, I would recommend Friendsgiving, especially if you’re looking for a Thanksgiving movie for next year, or simply a movie with some good sapphic representation. I give it 9/10 rainbow stars. It’s only less than 10 stars because a few of the jokes didn’t land for me, but it’s difficult for a comedy to accomplish that.

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