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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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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


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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Release Date:

6 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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The house belonging to Claudia and Bill is quite prominently numbered "9120", a reference to Daphne Zuniga's previous show "Melrose Place" (which was a spin off of "Beverly Hills 90210" and also took place in the 90210 area code). See more »


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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Follows a storyline in the tradition of 17 again and Sliding Doors, still very enjoyable
3 September 2013 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Claudia (Daphne Zuniga), a rising attorney, is very happy to be summoned to the office of her firm's managing lawyers. She believes she will be asked to become a partner, for, after all, she does work many hours and has won important decisions. Yet, as she soon finds out, now is not her time. Not yet. Instead, they plop still another difficult case in her lap, one they are taking from another colleague who is not making progress. So, if Claudia can bring victory to the firm, a partnership is hers. Swallowing her disappointment, she goes back to tell her staff they will be working until three on Thanksgiving Day, plenty of time for them to join their families for dinner. Also, she phones her work-at-home sister to tell her sib that, once again, she can't make it to their family celebration. When asked for good reasons, Claudia's explanation reveals that her own SISTER is getting a neighborhood group together to fight the company Claudia will be defending. Uh oh. Then, too, Claudia who picks up coffee each morning at 6, has always brushed off the smiles of a businessman named Bill (Dan Payne). Someone else has been watching Claudia, too, a mysterious woman (Faye Dunaway), who may just be the "alternate universe" fairy. She knows all and sees all. Therefore, to give Claudia a rude awakening, this woman plants Claudia in a "what if" new life. In this one, Claudia is married to Bill, having given up her career, and is the mother of two adorable children. But, wait, Claudia doesn't even know how to change a diaper or pack a lunch! Also, Bill thinks she is angry about a previous fight, but just how long can she give him the cold shoulder in the bedroom? Most importantly, she gets to know her sister's point of view about the case she could have had, and her sister may be right. Please, can't she just go back to her normal life, Claudia pleads, or does she really want to? This film is in the long tradition of such flicks as Sliding Doors and 17 Again, where one can go back in time and choose a different path to pursue. Happily, its not too much of a good thing, as the film is funny, clever, and sweet. Zuniga is a great and pretty comedian while Payne is a real find, quite handsome and appealing. The rest of the cast, including Dunaway, is nice as well. The look of the film, with its well-picked costumes, sets, and art direction, is winning as is the polished script and energetic direction. Hey, Thanksgiving is coming soon, as of this writing, but even if it weren't, this is a mood-setting movie that would aid in the true meaning of the holiday.

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