"Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday...."
Description: Christina Ricci as Wendy Hood saying grace in the motion picture The Ice Storm (1997).
The time is 1973 and America is engaged in the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War.
Amidst all the turmoil, teenager Wendy Hood is discovering all about life, love and sex in the middle-class suburban community of New Canaan, Connecticut, as well as about a father who is unfaithful, a mother who reads self-help books, and a brother who frames everything in the context of comic book characters.
"Paul, Guy. I'm just confirming that you will be on the 4:40 on Wednesday, right?...Well, that's the whole point of the holidays, Paul. So you and your sister can mope around the house, and your mother and I can wait on your hand and foot, while the two of you occasionally grunt for more food from behind the hair in your faces. Believe it or not, we actually enjoy it."
As Wendy's family - father, Ben Hood (Kevin Kline), mother, Elana (Joan Allen) and brother, Paul (Toby Maguire) - sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving, Wendy offers a untraditional prayer of thanks that contains sentiments reflective of the times.
"Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday and for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed."
Reacting to Wendy's speech, her father remarks, "Jesus! Enough, alright? Paul...roll?"
"Once there was a time when families were strangers. Neighbors were lovers. And America was learning the truth. It was 1973 and the climate was changing. From the acclaimed director Ang Lee comes a portrait of an American family. They were growing up. And they were falling apart. And during one winter weekend they were to discover something that would change their lives forever. Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Toby Maguire, Christian Ricci, Elisha Wood, and Sigourney Weaver. The Ice Storm" - Movie Trailer
Note: On THE JON STEWART SHOW, TV talk show host Jon Stewart, once said, “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”