STREAMING REVIEW: Queer Christmas flick Happiest Season an instant favourite

Out of absolutely nowhere comes actress Clea Duvall’s writer-director triumph, the jolly and bright Happiest Season.

This queer rom-com is not only ground-breaking, but it manages to be funny and poignant while showing the struggles many still face in 2020 in showing their true selves to their parents.

Revolving around Harper’s spur-of-the-moment decision to ask girlfriend Abby to join her for Christmas with the family, it shows the strain put on their relationship when it’s revealed Harper’s parents and siblings still believe Abby is just a roommate.

With a heavyweight mayoral candidate father and a family that’s all about appearances, she wants to wait for the big reveal until after the holidays. While it initially feels like a lesbian remake of The Birdcage, the Happiest Season quickly does away with the cliches of the genre.

Featuring a resonant performance from Kristen Stewart, a standout performance from Schitt’s Creek creator Dan Levy and a beautiful, chemistry-filled duo in Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, this all adds up to a winning combination.

With Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Victor Garber, the always-welcome Mary Steenburgen and a hilarious turn from Mary Holland, everyone is just pitch-perfect.

This may be a complicated, eye-opening endeavour, but it’s also a joyous conversation starter, and a must-have film in post-Trump America right now. This is Stewart’s most relatable role, and you don’t want to miss it.

4/5 Stars

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