The holiday-themed anthology “Holiday Road” can be summed up in one word: Silly.
The movie starts off with a New Years Eve party countdown to midnight. When the countdown ends, two of the characters start counting down for the next New Year, starting at 31,536,000. This goes on for an entire year.
They go about their lives, but every moment for potential dialogue is replaced with counting down to the next New Year. They go to dinner, play games, drive in traffic and have a blast without ever holding an actual conversation.
Nothing about this film requires you to take it seriously. A little girl was hit by a bike and someone had to hide the body, but the audience roared with laughter.
The film bucks the norm and does it with such ease, there is little question about accuracy and how close to real life a situation is.
So when a leprechaun appears at a bar out of nowhere on St. Patrick’s Day, the response of the character saying, “I love your work,” seems natural and appropriate. It just makes sense that the main character and the leprechaun ride off on a rainbow together, no questions asked.
“Holiday Road” covers 13 holidays taken on by 13 different directors and a different cast for each short film. Each short is distinct from the others, but each one follows the same mantra: if you are going to be ridiculous, be utterly ridiculous.
So whether it is a serial killer whose victim suffers from a disorder that makes her incapable of feeling fear or a guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend and is then shot by a rogue arrow, you can’t help but laugh at their misfortune.
“Holiday Road” is a comical look at relationships and how we celebrate holidays. It is fast-paced and though the film is 90 minutes, from the time it starts to the time it ends it feels like you’ve only just sat down. It was definitely one of the funnier movies at DeadCENTER Film Festival this year.
– Conner Rohwer