Dyanna Bateman (she/her) // Graphic Design Editor
Finally a Christmas movie with lesbians as the main characters! What could possibly go wrong? Warning: Lots of spoilers!
“Happiest Season” follows Abby Holland (Kristen Stewart) and her girlfriend Harper Caldwell (Mackenzie Davis) as they visit the Caldwell family household for Christmas. Harper has not come out to her family because of her parent’s pressure to be the perfect child and the public visibility of the family brought on by her father’s campaign for mayor; therefore, she introduces Abby as only her roommate which leads to an onslaught of awkward and uncomfortable situations. While in Harper’s hometown, Abby meets some of Harper’s exes—her first girlfriend, Riley (Aubrey Plaza), and her last boyfriend, Connor (Jake McDorman). Abby’s best friend, John (Dan Levy), also makes appearances throughout the movie in support of Abby as she is traversing this holiday disaster.
For a movie advertised as the gay movie of the holiday season, I feel like there was a lot that it was lacking. I love rom-coms and happy holiday movies, but this was disappointing. Every character felt very hollow, especially the scenes with relationships that should have been deep and heartfelt. I think this is a first step for more LGBTQ+ representation in the hetero-dominated film industry, but there is a lot of work to be done.