TV & Movies

Get Hyped For The New Festive Flick Starring Kristen Stewart and MacKenzie Davis

By Erin Curtain
13th Nov 2020

Let’s face it guys, 2020 has been rough. The universe has not been pulling her punches, leaving us all feeling a little bruised and wary of the next hit. What we need now more than ever is the one and only thing that never fails to bring cheer, hope, giggles, and happy tears. We need a feel-good Christmas rom-com, and we need it stat.

Lucky for us, Sony Pictures has been working on a holly, jolly, heartwarming tale that is the perfect thing to pick up our spirits. Happiest Season is set to hit screens this holiday season, guaranteeing all the cosy, safe, Christmassy feels we’re desperately craving after a year of… well… not that.

Set in snowy Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you’re hit with a healthy dose of winter wonderland from the get-go. The Caldwell’s have decked the family home with boughs of holly and are all set to welcome their daughter Harper (Mackenzie Davis) and her girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart) for family Christmas. The only hitch being that Harper hasn’t exactly come out yet. The story kicks off with the conservative Caldwell’s having no idea their youngest daughter is gay while her girlfriend Abby plans to propose at the annual family get-together. Classic rom-com high jinks, hilarity, and tender moments ensue.

Let’s talk cast. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga and Charlie’s Angels) and Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate and Tully) aren’t the only faces you’ll recognise in this joyous romp. In classic Christmas movie fashion, you can expect a star-studded ensemble cast, featuring the one, the only, Schitt’s Creek’s very own Dan Levy. Alongside this sassy legend, we have Community and GLOW star Alison Brie, Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza, and Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen. The masterminds behind this film-length embodiment of the Christmas spirit are the director and co-writer Clea DuVall and co-writer Mary Holland. As co-stars on Veep, the pair flex their comedic skills through the witty and enchanting dialogue, seamlessly incorporating humour into every scene of the legitimately gripping storyline.

Following the path of all great Christmas rom-coms, Happiest Season has as many heartwarming moments as it does punchlines. Always having loved Christmas movies, DuVall thought it was about time her experience, and that of many across the globe, was represented on the big screen, wrapped in holiday cheer. Her aim was to create a modern-day coming out story in the format of a Hollywood rom-com, exploring the complexities of coming out today, while leaning into the humorous side of family tensions. 

Striking the perfect balance between witty dialogue, Christmas spirit, and heartfelt moments, Happiest Season is the holiday pick-me-up we all need. For a Christmas movie from a whole new perspective, push Love Actually aside and ring in the year with this slice of holiday joy.

There’s nothing we love more than the smell of popcorn in the cinema and relaxing in front of a comedy—and lord knows we could all use a few laughs this year. So if you know what’s good, you’ll make moves to catch Kirsten Stewart and Dan Levy’s newest rom-com Happiest Season at the cinemas right away.

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