“The bottom line is, no one can drive you crazy like your family. Still, you’ll drive 100 miles in the snow, sit in airports for hours, just to be with them on the holidays. It’s the human condition. We cannot deny them.“ — Producer Jonathan Glickman
George Burns comically said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” And I believe this is the very premise that the film is based. Family used to live closer together, now they don’t. Schools, careers, divorce and remarriage spread families all over the landscape. It is hard to stay connected, and especially so with broken families –which this film is about. Madeleine Albright wisely said, “I don’t want to sound Pollyannaish, but I hope that out of a tragedy like this something good will come. I hope we understand we’re one family.” This film is a terrific reminder of this truth, and it speaks to the responsibility we each have in maintaining loving connections.
As Vince Vaughn says, “Ultimately, the story is about what the holiday season itself is largely about: being thankful for your family—the good, the bad and the ugly of it—and being appreciative for the love you have. Of course, none of that has to get in the way of having a lot of fun.”