The National Tree

  • Graeme Campbell (2009)
  • US
  • 88 min
The National Tree
Film Review
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2 out of 5

A majestic Sitka spruce helps gruff widower Andrew McCarthy reconnect with his teenage son (Evan Williams) in this predictable though ultimately affecting yuletide road movie. Originally planted by McCarthy's character to celebrate his boy's birth, it's now being driven 3,000 miles cross-country by the antagonistic pair, after it's selected as the official White House Christmas tree. With cocky and self-centred Williams video-blogging all the way, the film feels vibrant and youthful, but also sacrifices much of its heart. Consequently, what's meant to be a thought-provoking father-child bonding tale ends up as a bitty and rather cheesy travelogue, which makes the occasional bursts of drama and confrontation seem excessively contrived. Two arbitrary romantic subplots further divert from the central theme, leaving it to the message-packed finale to finally give the feature its intended emotional punch.

Plot Summary

Seasonal drama starring Andrew McCarthy and Evan Williams. Oregon teenager Rock Burdock's Sitka spruce, the tree his father planted when he was born, wins a national competition for a new Christmas tree to be planted at the White House. Rock has to steel himself for the long drive with a dad who doesn't understand him, but the journey will give their relationship a new focus.

Cast and crew

Cast

Corey Burdock
Andrew McCarthy
Rock Burdock
Evan Williams
Faith
Kari Matchett
Katie
Paula Brancati
Lana
Jayne Eastwood
Aaron
Ted Atherton
Jim
Craig Eldridge
Hank
Trent McMullen

Crew

Director
Graeme Campbell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Categories
Drama

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