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THANKSGIVING (2023)

"Horrifying, Distasteful Take on Thanksgiving"

What You Need To Know:

In THANKSGIVING, a mysterious killer strikes after a riot breaks out during a Black Friday sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. When competitors decide to open their store early on Thanksgiving day, chaos ensues. One year later, a killer who dresses as the pilgrim John Carver appears to be seeking revenge on those involved in the massacre from last year. The heroine and her friends can only watch as the killer goes on a rampage. The killer, who’s clearly inspired by the Thanksgiving holiday, terrorizes the townspeople with his themed murders.

THANKSGIVING is full of excessive violence and language and is a distasteful, immoral take on the holiday. The director makes an attempt at being creative with his irreverence, but the movie as a whole is a gore-fest, best left untouched by discerning viewers. Moreover, the movie lacks any really strong moral elements, but is more concerned with the spectacle of making Thanksgiving a gory mess. The content is excessively immoral and contains abundant foul language, implied teenage sex and underage substance abuse. So, families should avoid this abhorrent THANKSGIVING.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral elements as people try to help one another escape killer, and father and daughter repair their relations, but marred by the movie’s apparent enjoyment for showing explicitly the killer’s lust for blood during the Thanksgiving holiday;

Foul Language:
Strong foul language throughout, with more than 130 “f” words, 12 “s” word, as well as other obscenities, plus more than 20 profanities involving God’s and Jesus’ names and several crude hand gestures;

Violence:
Slasher violence throughout with blood, vomit and gore, including severed heads and dismembered corpses, a woman is baked alive and served like a turkey, the murderer carves her like a turkey and tries to feed it to another victim, people are diced, chopped and sliced in half, a person’s intestines are seen in one scene, faces are smashed with a mallet, many stabbings with various weapons, scalpings, broken bones, a women must peel off her own skin to escape a freezer, and more, mention of giving guns to high schoolers, mention of pedophiles and rapists;

Sex:
Implied fornication and an implied illicit affair, plus references to pedophiles and rapists;

Nudity:
No graphic nudity, upper male nudity as a boy shows off his abs, a woman is stripped naked and burned alive (only her back legs and back can be seen), and a teenage girl wears revealing underwear during an implied sex scene;

Alcohol Use:
Teenagers are drunk at a party;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Several teenagers mention taking Adderall to get better grades; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
The whole movie lacks a moral compass and purely exists to entertain audiences with gore, torture and other extreme examples of violence.

More Detail:

In THANKSGIVING, a mysterious killer strikes after a riot breaks out during a Black Friday sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The killer is inspired by the holiday, Thanksgiving, terrorizing the town with his themed murders. THANKSGIVING (2023) is full of excessive violence and language and is a distasteful, immoral take on the holiday.

THANKSGIVING is begins as the owner of the Right Mart department store has decided to open for Black Friday early on Thanksgiving evening. His daughter, Jess, plans to go to the movies with her friends, but first decides to stop at the store. Her father lets her in the back entrance, but things go awry when the mob outside the store results in several deaths.

One year later, a killer who dresses as the pilgrim John Carver appears to be seeking revenge on those involved in the massacre from last year. Jess and her friends can only watch as the killer goes on a rampage, reveling in the Thanksgiving inspired killings.

While the director makes an attempt and being creative with his irreverence, the movie as a whole is a gore-fest, best left untouched by discerning viewers. Thus, THANKSGIVING (2023) is full of excessive violence and language and is a distasteful, immoral take on the holiday. Moreover, it lacks any moral worldview and instead is more concerned with the spectacle of making Thanksgiving a gory mess. Movieguide® deems the content excessively immoral and a movie families should avoid.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.