4. “Broadway Danny Rose” (1984)
One of the cornerstones of any Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Leave it to Woody Allen to see the potential in staging a grand chase in the middle of the holding hangar for all the balloons. Danny Rose (Allen) is an enthusiastic, if unsuccessful, talent agent who must wrangle the mistress (Mia Farrow) of his star act (Nick Apollo Forte) to appear at his big gig. Along the way, they attract the interest of the mob, which sends them on the run. Few Allen set pieces are as hilarious as underscoring an exciting chase with a hangar full of helium. It’s indicative of how well Allen is able to inject the right amount of whimsy to tint every scene. Overall, the movie is a breezy delight. After your heavy food coma, it helps to wash down your food with a quick 84-minute flick.