Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. It’s an entire day that is dedicated to gluttony. Overeating is not only encouraged, it’s considered a vital part of celebrating the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock and all that other stuff. Anyway, back to the eating. Latinos love to eat and celebrate and be merry just like everyone else. But, our Thanksgivings are a little bit different. We feast on turkey and tamales, stuff ourselves with pumpkin pie and flan, take shots of tequila and listen to salsa while abuelita naps on the couch in a post-pavo food coma. Regardless of how you spend your Thanksgiving, here are some películas chistosas you can watch while lying on the couch recovering from your turkey hangover.
Watch these con tu familia:
From two-time Academy Award-winner Pedro Almodovar, Volver is a comedic and compassionate tribute to women and their resilience in the face of life’s most outrageous tribulations. Raimunda (a luminous Penelope Cruz) and her sister Sole lost their parents in a tragic fire years ago – or did they? Superstitious villagers claim that the girls’ departed mother, Irene (Maura), has been seen wandering around their Aunt Paula’s home.
Salvando al Soldado Pérez (Saving Private Perez, 2011)
Synopsis: Despite his ruthless reputation, the most notorious drug lord in Mexico has one soft spot — his mother — and when she orders him to invade Iraq to rescue his little brother, he assembles a squad of oddball hombres to fulfill his suicidal mission.
The Original Latin Kings of Comedy (2002)
Synopsis: This concert film showcases the funniest Latino comics working today, including Cheech Marin and George Lopez. These jokers offer sidesplitting observations on sex and work, and also examine the unique circumstances of being Latino in America.
Watch this con the little ones sitting at los kids table
Spy Kids (2001)
Synopsis: The tables are turned when pint-sized kids Carmen and Juni must rescue their secret-agent parents from the diabolical clutches of Alexander Minion, who’s after a powerful artificial brain that will automate his army of kid robots to do his bidding. It’s a family friendly adventure from Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, Machete) which spawned a popular franchise. A bunch of the sequels are online too.
Watch this con tus teenaged primos, who are a little bit emo:
Jordin is a cocky teenager who thinks he’s a ladies man but nerdy Felipa is too focused on winning a college scholarship to pay him much mind. But one day, in a twist of fate, she ends up going with Jordin to his abuelo’s house. Soon after, Felipa strikes up a friendship with Jordin and his abuelo (played by the legendary Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz Jr.) As Jordin embarks on a journey to learn more about his mother who passed away when he was born, Felipa is at his side. Slowly their friendship turns into much more than Jordin ever expected.
Watch this con tus multi-culti roommates
L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment, 2002)
Synopsis: When a Frenchman signs on to become an exchange student and learn Spanish so he can land a coveted job, he heads to Barcelona and moves in with a host of other young Europeans who help him discover how to enjoy life. And if you are still stuck on couch after watching it, check out Russian Dolls. It follows the same roommates 5 years later.
Watch this con tu gringo roommate you met on Craigslist
Casa de Mi Padre (2012)
Synopsis: Will Ferrell stars as a Spanish-speaking cowboy in this comedy about a Mexican clan trying to rescue their ranch from greedy creditors. When his brother can’t save the day, the simple but noble ranch hand takes on a powerful drug lord. Also starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.