nick’s review published on Letterboxd:
Happiest Season is extremely likeable, not only because of its LGBT-themed holiday season comedy status, but also because of its brutally honest depictions of family and couple relationships you don't always get to see in cinema.
On top of its heavily festive soundtracks and visuals, Happiest Season depicts the turbulent experiences of a lesbian couple going back home to one of the girls' hometown for Christmas. Largely based on director Clea DuVall's own experience, the story feels refreshingly boundary-pushing for a supposedly "family" movie, with many darkish twists and turns you wouldn't expect from its genre. When you're worried half way through how this movie could even have a happy ending with the mess it's in, DuVall masterfully ends the chaos on a high note, reeling the whole thing back in the most traditional manner without making the story overly far-fetched or cliched. Apart from Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis' believable chemistry, the supporting cast also provides abundant gags and surprisingly multi-dimensional character buildings, especially from marvelous scene-stealers Dan Levy and Mary Holland.
Overall Happiest Season is a doubtlessly fun and vibrant queer cinema experience that's for sure going to elicit tears and put a big smile on your face. Highly recommended.