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Nov 19, 2023

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Let us travel back in time to a golden age of Thanksgiving, when women wore bonnets, stuffing was king, and there wasn’t a single iPhone in sight. This is the era of AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING, based on a short story of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, the author of LITTLE WOMEN. We meet the women of the Bassett family — Tilly (Tatiana Maslany, of ORPHAN BLACK and SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW) is a teenage aspiring writer who lives in a tiny farmhouse shack with her mother Mary (Hélène Joy) and siblings. The poverty-stricken family is in danger of having to skip Thanksgiving this year, unless Tilly can get in contact with her randomly extremely rich grandmother Isabella, who Mary has kept secret from Tilly due to a mother/daughter dispute that permanently affected their relationship. It’s good story fodder for a Hallmark movie, which we expect to be 90 minutes long, to feature ladies in beautiful period dresses, and to resolve in a happy ending. AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING was actually an extremely popular TV movie when it premiered, reaching 5.2 million viewers. Spoiler alert: not only does Tilly mend the family relationship and uplift the entire Bassett clan back into aristocracy where they belong, she also marries a handsome young rich boy. AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING teaches us that you can overcome any of life’s problems, and have all the turkey and mashed potatoes you want, provided you randomly have an extravagant social safety net that makes your poverty larp all worth it in the end.

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