Happiest Season

    Happiest Season


    A young woman's plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party are upended when she discovers her partner hasn't yet come out to her conservative parents.

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    • Kristen StewartAbby
    • Mackenzie DavisHarper
    • Alison BrieSloane
    • Aubrey PlazaRiley Johnson
    • Dan LevyJohn
    • Mary HollandJane
    • Victor GarberTed
    • Mary SteenburgenTipper
    • Ana GasteyerHarry Levin
    • Jake McDormanConnor


    • 88


      While some viewers may find the use of the closet and societal homophobia too heavy for this breezy story, there’s a case to be made that including specifically queer concerns into the language of romantic comedy is another step toward genuine inclusiveness.
    • 80

      The Guardian

      Happiest Season exists within well-worn framework but still feels fresh, a sprightly and substantial comedy that will be an immediate addition to the Christmas movie rotation for many, including myself.
    • 80

      The Hollywood Reporter

      Given DuVall's background as an actor it's unsurprising she draws such engaging work from her cast, with tasty individual characterizations, but more importantly, a group dynamic that's both lively and believable.
    • 80


      For all the familiar joys and comforts this holiday movie provides—maximally decorated homes, Christmas carols, a slapstick scene at a skating rink—its commentary on the agony of living in the closet, or loving someone who is, stakes out some entirely new territory.
    • 80


      An ode to impossible expectations, pride, bravery and loyalty, Happiest Season wraps up everything you could want for Christmas in a neat, thoughtful little bow.
    • 75

      The A.V. Club

      It’s possible to imagine a much more risk-taking movie than the one DuVall has made. But before a film can break the queer holiday rom-com mold, someone has to set it up first. And Happiest Season is a welcome starting point.
    • 75

      Slant Magazine

      The film translates the often difficult realities of a specific kind of marginalized love into a story with broad appeal.
    • 50

      Screen Daily

      Stewart and Davis have such adorable chemistry as the central couple — playful and flirty one moment, touchingly sincere the next — that it’s a shame DuVall has stranded them in such an unsatisfying story. Granted, Happiest Season is meant to be cheesy in the comforting way that cable-television Christmas films often are, but all too frequently the actresses seem smarter than the material, forced to navigate preposterous twists and increasingly silly plot complications.

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