Thanksgiving, though a polarizing holiday for several reasons, is marketed as a time for family and friends. A time to think about what we are thankful about in life. What is truly important.
For actress Molly (Malin Akerman – Watchmen, 27 Dresses) and Abbey (Kat Dennings – Thor, To Write Love on Her Arms) it is their long term friendship. This Thanksgiving they need each other more than ever. Molly is getting over her husband leaving just after she had a baby and Abbey has been stuck in a rut of loathing everything since she and her girlfriend broke up. The two plan to spend the holiday together – alone and laid back.
That is not exactly what happens. Molly’s new boyfriend Jeff (Jack Donnelly – from television’s Atlantis) and her five time divorced mother (Jane Seymour – Wedding Crashers, Fifty Shades of Black) crash the party, so does their friend Lauren (Aisha Tyler – from television’s Archer), her two kids and husband (Deon Cole – from television’s Black-ish) and Molly’s former boyfriend Gunnar (Ryan Hansen – G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Like a Boss) and finally their friend Claire (Chelsea Peretti – from television’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine). It is a big party, but not everyone is having a good time.
Instead of the light and fluffy comedy I was thinking I was in for I got a mess. A story which skipped from one thing to the next without doing anything right. Or even close to right.
Though Kat Dennings is a decent actress here she is playing a character she has many times before. The act is getting old. It is rather lazy on her part to do the same thing over and over. Plus the lure wears out even if she is good at the whole sarcastic thing.