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The National Tree (2009)

TV-G | | Drama | TV Movie 28 November 2009
A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

Director:

Graeme Campbell

Writers:

David Kranes (based upon the book by), Lloyd Fonvielle (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Corey Burdock
Evan Williams ... Rock Burdock
Kari Matchett ... Faith
Paula Brancati ... Katie
Jayne Eastwood ... Lana
Ted Atherton ... Aaron
Craig Eldridge ... Jim
Trent McMullen Trent McMullen ... Hank
Vas Saranga ... Ash (as Vasantha Saranga)
Amanda Joy ... Ming (as Amanda Joy Lim)
Kristina Nicoll ... Belinda
Jean Daigle Jean Daigle ... Eddie
B.J. McQueen B.J. McQueen ... Trucker (as B.J McQueen)
Bubba Bubba ... Dc Police Officer
Joanne Reece ... Secretary (as Joanne Reese)
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A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

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Drama

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The battery level indicator on Rock's camera reads 35 minutes left on several occasions. See more »

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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Nice sentiment, but some goofy flaws
15 December 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Most of the goofy flaws are contrivances designed to move the plot forward, though, so poetic license prevails. Not to mention the fact these minor problems are somewhat silly and therefore entertaining.

OK, follow this plot: a teen guy who has a somewhat inflated assessment of how interesting his life is likes to video blog/chat with some cyber buddies. I got a kick out of the one who looks like a dozen Chia Pets exploded on her head. She's having a serious bad hair day. Make that a bad hair century.

His dad is a widower (like all movies of this ilk), and they have dad/teen son tensions; who could have seen that coming? He wins a contest to have his tree become the new National Tree in Washington. His dad tells him "no" every time he opens his mouth, and that's a lot since this kid shoots off his yap constantly. All the while, he tapes his favorite video subject (himself), and posts it on the net. The movie would have you believe somebody is actually watching his videos, lol. All aboard as Dad and Rock (yeah, that's his name) set out from Oregon over 18 wheels to transport and hand-deliver the tree in DC. But fires, corporate nasties, a hitch hiking gf (not the Chia), a hip grandma, and more stuff awaits on the highway ahead. The final act and its result: only in a TV movie, folks.

Much of this story is as stretch, but those parts are funny because of it; yet these awkward moments do not prevent the sentimentality that is intended. With all the contrivances, it's still worth a couple of hours if you're going to be home anyway.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nemzet karácsonyfája See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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