Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Happiest Season (Movie Review)

It's almost Christmas and you can expect to see more holiday-themed movies popping up just in time for the holidays, ensuring that we should have no trouble finding that Christmas spirit come December 25th. I personally enjoy watching romance comedies like Love Actually, which has been a Christmas Day staple in my household for many years now. But it looks like it is in trouble of finally being dethroned by a new romantic comedy that is all but guaranteed to become another holiday classic.

The movie stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper, a lesbian couple living together in Pittsburgh. It's just days before Christmas and Harper invites Abby to come and spend it with her and her family back home. Abby plans on seizing the opportunity to pop the question, despite the objections of her best friend, John (Dan Levy). But things do not go according to plan when Abby finds out that Harper was yet to come out to her parents.

And so they arrive at Harper's parent's house, with Abby having to pretend to be Harper's orphaned friend and roommate. Her father (Victor Garber) is currently trying to secure some backing for his forthcoming campaign for mayor of their town, which puts additional pressure on the entire family to be on their best behavior. But when that pressure begins to reveal a side of Harper Abby didn't know existed, she begins to have second thoughts about her proposal plans.

Happiest Season is one of the better romantic comedies out there right now. It features a solid acting ensemble, with Dan Levy in particular being a standout for his dry wit. Kristen Stewart was also decent as Abby, even though she never quite managed to soar to the same heights as the other actors. It was always a joy to see these characters play off of one another, and those were the moments were the film shone the brightest.

My only problem with the movie was with the character of Harper. There was nothing inherently wrong with the character per say, and Mackenzie Davis did a solid job overall in the role. But in the context of a romance, it was hard to see how anyone could fall in love with her, much less stay in a relationship for that long. She came across as a douche bag half the time, by making selfish decision after selfish decision, so some suspension of disbelief might be required.

All that said, I'd still recommend Happiest Season on the strength of its ensemble alone. The movie was funny and heartwarming at the same time, and shows how the holidays and family in general can bring out the best and worst in people. If you're like me and you've been looking for a movie to put a much-needed smile on your face this holiday, then you don't need to look further than Happiest Season on Hulu.


  1. I think I have enough holiday specials and movies to watch otherwise. Bummer when a character is a jerk.

    1. Lol. Fair enough. And yeah, jerk characters that don't get their dues or see the error of their ways by the end of a movie suck.

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