"Happiest Season", a new movie about Hulu, feels like a traditional Christmas-themed romantic comedy – with one major exception.
Film stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper, a lesbian couple who visited Harper's parents for the holidays. As they drive back to Harper's parents' house, she makes a big confession: Despite what she's told Abby before, she never got out to see her parents, which means Abby has to spend five days at a time flattering himself with Harper's family and while hiding the true nature of their relationship.
As we discuss in the latest episode of the Original Content Podcast, "Happiest Season" can sometimes feel predictable or even formulaic. But in some ways, that's what makes it so worthwhile – it shows how broad, philanthropic comedy can only lead to queer characters performing.
Despite the frequent moments of laughing, the film also feels surprisingly honest in its portrayal of how hurtful Harper's secrecy can be, and it enters surprisingly painful and emotional territory as it nears the end.
In addition to reviewing “Happiest Season,” we'll also name our favorite Christmas movies and discuss the news that Warner Bros. will be releasing its entire 2021 plan (including “Dune” and “The Matrix 4”) on HBO Max at the same time that the films are in the Cinemas to be released.
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If you want to move on, the episode is broken down as follows:
0:39 Listener email
2:07 HBO Max discussion
1:15 p.m. "Happiest Season" rating
34:09 Spoiler discussion "Happiest Season"
44:33 Favorite Christmas movies