Best Thanksgiving movies to watch in a food coma

If you’re an American who celebrates Thanksgiving, chances are you’ve tried to find an activity to occupy your extended family in the post-dinner haze. Watching a movie is perhaps the easiest solution, but there is one big caveat: You probably don’t want to watch a movie that you think you’ll actually enjoy.

Why? You are likely in the early stages of food coma from the excess carbs. And the wine that you’ve had to drown out any political arguments sure isn’t helping. Another reason is that watching films with your family encourages lots of conversation and explaining why to your mom. Everything at Once really resonated with you while she tells you she just didn’t understand why the daughter wasn’t nicer is probably not a conversation you want to have during a holiday.

But that’s where we come in. Polygon presents an carefully chosen selection of movies that will make you want to sleep in. These movies can also be used to share and discuss funny moments and bring you together. And if one of these sounds compelling, but someone you’re hosting points out that they Just watched it on the plane or you don’t have the streaming service it’s on, we’ve offered up some substitutions.

Avengers: Infinity War

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Drax, Star-Lord, and Mantis all look puzzled on Titan in Avengers: Infinity War.

Image: Marvel Studios

You might be surprised at what you missed Avengers: Infinity War — or if you forgot what happens before Avengers: Infinity War — don’t worry about it. Avengers: Infinity WarThe movie is basically three hours worth of millions of characters being moved around on a chessboard, exchanging clever one-liners and shuffled. This is the ultimate “AH THESE TWO GUYS ARE INTERACTING!” MCU movie, which means you can doze off in between scenes and then wake up just in time for the next two guys to interact.

You should be watching: Streaming available on Disney Plus. Also, digital rentals and purchases on Amazon, Apple, Google Play.

Substitution: Another MCU movie that you can summarize as taking two and a half hours to get a dozen people in their places for the next film or introducing them to characters that are important later. EternalsCaptain America: Civil War Or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Robert Langdon movie

tom hanks as robert langdon and Audrey Tatou as sophie in the da vinci code

Columbia Pictures

There was a time not long ago when readers devoured Dan Brown’sThe Da Vinci CodeBecause it made them feel extremely smart. For the most part, we’ve realized that a few smart facts about art history does not a good novel make (especially when those books wax on about how hot and hunky their lead character is). But Brown’s writing talents and the factual accuracy of the books aside, they still make for fun movies. You might prefer adventure films that use history to provide a jumping point for distorted facts.

You should be watching: The Da Vinci CodeYou can watch it for free on Tubi or digitally rent or buy on Amazon, Apple and Google Play. Angels & Demons It is now available on Netflix. Inferno You can watch it on Starz or digitally rent or buy on Amazon, Apple and Google Play.

Substitution: National TreasureAnd Book of Secrets: National Treasure: Book of SecretsThese movies are archaeological adventure films that have lasted longer than Indiana Jones. Dora and The Lost City of Gold. Trust me.

The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

It was Breaking DawnDo you think two films should be made? No. Is it possible? Honestly, yeah. This movie has a lot of awkward narration that shows the slow passage of time. But there are amazing highlights like the unique powers of vampires around the globe (featuring Rami Malek or Lee Pace). Hello?????), as well as the epic final “battle” scene. Lee Pace’s character Garrett and electricity-generating vampire Kate (Casey LaBow) have literally the best love story in the entire four movies, and they have like 15 minutes of screen time. Instead of lamenting the fact that all these cool characters are only here to support Bella and Edward’s comparably bland story, while wine-drunk and sleepy you can simply enjoy the time they have.

You should be watching: The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn – Part 2It is also available for purchase or rental on Amazon or Apple.

Substitution: Other “this is the second half of the last book in a bestselling YA series that we broke into two movies for more money,” of which there were quite a few in the 2010s — namelyThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2And Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

anakin and padme and C3PO on tatooine looking for anakin’s mom


However, I won’t make any statements about prequels or sequels versus the original trilogy versus Disney Plus. Attack of the Clones rules when you’re not really paying attention to it. Obi Wan discovers someone has created an army of humans and decides to just play along. Comedy at its best. Padme freeing herself from chains and her clothes ripping in a way that’s oh-so fashionable? Slay. Yoda goes apeshit in his lightsaber. Blessed. The entire “Across the Stars” montage? OK — that’s actually good.

You should be watching: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones You can watch it on Disney Plus.

Substitution: If you don’t want to ignite a cross-generational debate in your family about prequels versus sequels versus original trilogy versus the Disney Plus shows, but still want sci-fi with garish special effects and a plot that is barely threaded together, try Jupiter Ascends and/or Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.

Cars 2

Lightning McQueen and Mater race away from an explosion in Cars 2

Image: Pixar

It’s all about Cars 2This makes complete sense. This is a feature and not a problem. Any other Pixar movie might make you too emotional, or you’ll fall asleep and miss out the part that is supposed to tug at your heartstrings and then wake up wondering why everyone is tearing up. However, Cars 2This is insanely absurd from start to finish. The super spy mater is born! Cars FlyWith rockets! Also, the whole message is that renewable energy sources are a scam, which is a really weird message to put in a kid’s movie, especially after WALL-E, but we’re just going to ignore that.

You should be watching: Cars 2 You can watch it on Disney Plus.

Substitution: Any DreamWorks animated film made between 2004 – 2008.

Cats (2019)

Jason Derulo as a cat in Cats

Universal Pictures

This movie can only be viewed if you are a little drunk, whether on turkey or wine. What could have been a frightening experience will soon become a surreal and dreamlike state. Allow yourself to be transported into the Jellicle cat world with its human faces, fingers and fur-covered bodies, and their tails. Let “Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat” get stuck in your head, instead of hyper-scrutinizing why the cats look so small on the railroad. Polygon will not be responsible for any song stuck in your mind for the rest the weekend.

You should be watching: Cats It is also available digitally for rental and purchase through Amazon, Apple, or Google Play.

Substitution: You can also watch movies that cause psychic harm to your family members:The Greatest ShowmanAnd Cinderella (2021). If you’re not satisfied with the above, CatsIf you are looking for something more authentic, try this official Broadway recording.


cruella de vil in a fabulous masquerade mask and red gown

Image: Disney

The thing about Disney’s live-action remakes is that for the most part, they’re all basically the same story as the originals, but in a less visually engaging way. There are a few exceptions, however, which come in the form of the “let’s give this one-note villain a tragic backstory.” Cruella This list is slightly too longMaleficentJust because I am the villain, it doesn’t deserve this backstory. After a meal, it’s easy to forget all about murdering your pets and enjoy the intricate fashion thefts.

You should be watching: Cruella You can watch it on Disney Plus.

Substitution: Aladdin (2019), Maleficent (2014), Mulan (2020), Cinderella (2015 )… Any of the Disney live-action remakes really, with the exception of The Lion KingYou will go straight to bed (2019).

Mamma Mia!

Universal Pictures

This doesn’t really deserve the slander of being on this list because it’s a good movie, but I will say that the experience of this one increases with each successive glass of wine — let your inhibitions go and belt out ABBA to your heart’s content. From my experience, friends and parents are the best kind of people to be around. Love ABBA and they’ll be all like, “Oh wow, you know This old song?” and you get to be like, “Hell yeah, of course I do!” Leave out the fact that everyone in the world knows “Dancing Queen,” and they’ll be extra impressed.

You should be watching: Mamma Mia It is also available on Hulu, Peacock and YouTube.

Substitution: Mamma Mia! We Go Again. Be warned — you might cry.

The Country Bears

the country bears vibing

Image: Disney

You don’t even know where to begin. The Country Bears? It’s based on a really old theme park attraction. It’s a “getting the band back together to save a beloved building!” movie, except the band is made up of anthropomorphic bears. These bears live with humans. One of the characters is a teenager bear, who has just learned that he had been adopted by a family. Elton John appears in the film as himself. The musical scenes feature two B-list pop artists from the early 2000s. A comment is made by the Eagles’ lead singer about how Country Bears are more successful than the Eagles. Christopher Walken gives his all to the role of the villain. This movie has every moment taken seriously. Definitely more sense when you’re a little tipsy.

You should be watching: The Country Bears You can watch it on Disney Plus.

Substitution: Nothing. There is nothing comparable.

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