Thanksgiving done wrong in satire 'Search Engines'

Thanksgiving done wrong in satire 'Search Engines'

Real-life mother and daughter Connie Stevens and Joely Fisher share the screen for the first time, playing mom and daughter in “Search Engines,” an otherwise unnoteworthy, insufferably talky satire centering around an ill-fated Thanksgiving gathering.

Fisher plays a recently divorced mother of two teens and out-of-work art critic determined to cook a traditional festive dinner with all the trimmings in her sunny Southern California home for her smartphone-addicted friends and extended family.

But taming the turkey proves to be the least of her challenges when her neighborhood’s cell reception suddenly goes dead, which proceeds to bring out the worst in some...