Leighton Trent’s review published on Letterboxd:
"It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all"
Is it? Is it the hap-happiest season of all? Well...
With Clea Duvall's first solo directorial feature, Happiest Season, we get one small step for Christmas movies and one equally small step for LGBTQ movies. Though it can be charming at times (thank you, Dan Levy) and does have a wonderful cast across the board (Alison Brie, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, etc), it just ends up being indistinguishable from the usual straight storylines in the tradition of the [Hallmark] Christmas rom-com. The flat and mostly lackluster script makes it cloying and even grating at times and wastes the talents of said wonderful cast. Most of the film's best moments seem to be hidden under the clumsy ones and it sure would be nice if Stewart and Davis had a good bit more chemistry than they do.
Representation does matter, always matters, but even this straight white man wanted a bit more from this classic story than just a gender switch.
So, is it the hap-happiest season of all? ...Almost.
🌈🎄 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐲𝐬! 🎄🌈