If you’re an American celebrating Thanksgiving, chances are you’ve been trying to find an activity to keep your extended family busy in the post-dinner haze. Watching a movie is perhaps the easiest solution, but there’s one big caveat: You probably don’t want to watch a movie that you think you’ll really enjoy.
Why? Well, for one thing, you’re probably in the beginning stages of a food coma, brought on by the large amount of carbohydrates. And the wine you’ve drunk to drown out any political arguments sure ain’t helping. And on the other, watching movies as a family invites a lot of discussion, and explaining to your mother why Everything everywhere at once it really resonated with you as she tells you she just didn’t understand why the daughter wasn’t nicer probably not a conversation you want to have while on vacation.
But that’s where we come in. Polygon is proud to present a handpicked variety of movies where falling asleep will only enhance the experience. Furthermore, these movies are also great for talking and pointing out weird moments, which will ultimately bring you and your loved ones together. And if one of these sounds convincing, but someone you host points out that single You saw it on the plane or you don’t have the streaming service you’re on, we’ve offered a few substitutions.
Avengers: infinity war
If you forgot what happens in Avengers: infinity war — or if you forgot what happens earlier Avengers: Infinity War — do not worry about it Avengers: infinity war it’s basically three hours of a million characters shuffling around a chessboard and exchanging one-liners. This is the ultimate “OH THESE TWO GUYS ARE INTERACTING!” MCU movie, which means you can fall asleep between scenes and then wake up just in time for the next two guys to interact.
Where to look: Streaming on Disney Plus, or available for rent or digital purchase on Amazon, Apple and Google Play.
Substitution: Other MCU movies that can be packed into two and a half hours to put a dozen characters where they need to be for the next movie, or introduce a dozen characters that will be important later on: eternalCaptain America: Civil War, either guardians of the galaxy vol. two.
Any of the Robert Langdon movies
There was a time, not long ago, when readers devoured Dan Brown’s books. The Da Vinci Code, because it made them feel very smart. For the most part, we’ve come to realize that a few clever facts about art history don’t make a good novel (especially when those books talk about how sexy and attractive their main character is). But Brown’s writing talent and factual accuracy from the books aside, they’re still fun movies. If you want adventure movies that treat history as a light starting point for distorted facts, then you might as well go with the ones that mess with European history.
Where to look: The Da Vinci Code is available to watch for free with ads on Tubi, or for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play. Angels and Demons is available to watch on Netflix. Hell is available to watch on Starz, or for rent or digital purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
Substitution: National Treasure Y National Treasure: Book of Secrets, since they are archeology adventure movies that have aged better than Indiana Jones; what’s more, Dora and the lost city of gold. Just trust me.
The Twilight Saga Dawn Part 2
Made Sunrise needs to be split into two movies? Absolutely not. Works? Honestly yes. A good deal of this movie is awkward narrative to show the clumsy passage of time, but there are some amazing highlights, like the really cool vampires from all over the world who have unique power (with actors like Rami Malek and Lee Pace? Hi there). ?????), 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 of the four movies, and they’re about 15 minutes on screen. Instead of lamenting the fact that all these great characters are only here to support Bella and Edward’s comparably bland story, while you’re drunk and sleepy, you can just enjoy the time they have.
Where to look: The Twilight Saga Dawn Part 2 is available to watch on Showtime, or for digital rental or purchase on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
Substitution: Another “this is the second half of the last book in a successful young adult series that we split into two movies for more money,” of which there were quite a few in the 2010s, viz. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Y Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
I will refrain from making any statements about the prequels vs. the sequels vs. the original trilogy vs. the Disney Plus shows, but Attack of the clones rules when you’re not really paying attention to it. The scene where Obi-Wan discovers that someone has commanded an entire army of human men and he just accepts it as an elaborate improv game? High comedy. Padme breaking free of her chains and ripping her clothes in such a fashionable way? To kill. Yoda freaking out with his lightsaber? Blessed. The whole montage of “Across the Stars”? OK, that’s really good.
Where to look: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Substitution: If you don’t want to start an intergenerational debate in your family about prequels vs. sequels vs. original trilogy vs. the Disney Plus shows, but still want sci-fi with flashy special effects and a plot that barely weaves together, try Jupiter Ascent me Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
nothing about cars 2 makes sense. Enjoy this as a feature, not a bug. Any other Pixar movie can get you too emotional, or you’ll fall asleep and miss the part that’s supposed to touch your heart and then wake up wondering why everyone is crying. But cars 2 it’s absolutely insane from start to finish. Mater becomes a super spy! cars to fly with rockets! Also, the whole message is that renewable energy sources are a scam, which is a really weird message to put in a kids’ movie, especially after WALL-Ebut we’re just going to ignore that.
Where to look: cars 2 is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Substitution: Any DreamWorks animated film made between 2004 and 2008.
The only way to watch this movie is to be somewhat intoxicated, whether it’s wine or turkey. That way, what is a spooky experience turns into a surreal, dreamlike state of mind. Let yourself be taken into the world of the Jellicle cats, with their human faces and fingers, but their naked bodies and tails covered in fur. Let “Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat” get stuck in your head, instead of hyper-examining why cats look so small on the railway. Disclaimer: Polygon is not responsible for any songs that get stuck in your head for the rest of the weekend.
Where to look: cats is available for rent or digital purchase through Amazon, Apple and Google Play.
Substitution: Movies that will also inflict psychic damage on your loved ones: the greatest showman Y Cinderella (2021). But if you want catsbut really good, then try the official Broadway recording.
The thing about Disney’s live-action remakes is that, for the most part, they’re basically the same story as the originals, but in a less visually appealing way. However, there are some exceptions, which come in the form of “let’s give this one-note villain a tragic backstory.” cruella makes this list a little longer Pernicious simply for being the villain who least deserves this backstory. In a post-meal haze, you can stop harping on the puppy-murdering ethic and instead just indulge in the elaborate heist rages.
Where to look: cruella is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Substitution: Aladdin (2019), Pernicious (2014), mulan (2020), Cinderella (2015)… any of Disney’s live-action remakes, really, except for The Lion King (2019), which will put you to sleep.
This doesn’t really deserve the smear 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 go of your inhibitions and sing ABBA to your heart’s content. The hidden advantage here is that, in my personal experience, parents and friends of parents love ABBA and everyone will be like, “Oh wow, you know East old song?” and you’re like, “Hell yeah, of course I do!” Skip the fact that everyone in the world knows “Dancing Queen” and you’ll be so impressed.
Where to look: oh mom is available to watch on Hulu and Peacock.
Substitution: Oh my gosh! Here we go again. Be careful, you might cry.
the bears of the field
How do I begin to explain the bears of the field? It is based on a very old theme park attraction. It’s a “Rally the gang to save a beloved building!” movie, except the gang is made up of anthropomorphic bears. No one questions the fact that these bears only live alongside humans. The main character is an adolescent bear who lives with a human family and who recently found out that he was adopted. Elton John is in it, like himself. There are two musical sequences featuring B-list pop stars from the early 2000s. The Eagles’ lead singer comments that the Country Bears are better than the Eagles. Christopher Walken brings 110% to his villain role. Every moment of this movie is played out for real and because nothing makes sense, does it make sense? Definitely more sense when you’re a little tipsy.
Where to look: the bears of the field is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Substitution: Any. Sorry nothing else compares.
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