Happiest Season (2020) Film Review

Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis) have been happily together for some time when Harper accidentally invites Abby home for Christmas. The problem – she hasn’t told her family that she’s gay, much less that she’s in a long-term relationship with a woman. And things don’t go smoothly.

It’s not a great film, and I think that’s because it’s been pitched wrong. It’s pitched as a comedy and it’s really not. It’s a drama with some (few and far between) funny scenes. I think it’s because the premise is not funny anymore – it’s been a long time since I saw The Birdcage (1996), but it’s 25 years later and maybe the idea that acting straight to be accepted is a bit passé.   Dan Levy’s character said it best when he said “There’s nothing more erotic that concealing your authentic selves”. It’s not funny, it’s heartbreaking.

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