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Happiest Season (2020)



Critic Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.

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This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go home to the latter's family for the Christmas holidays. Aside from spending the yuletide season with Harper's conservative parents, Abby is also planning to spring a marriage proposal on Harper. Trouble begins, though, when she discovers that Harper hasn't come out as a lesbian yet to her family, leaving them clueless as to who Abby really is in her life. Co-written and directed by Clea Duvall. Co-starring Dan Levy, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenburgen.


Jake McDorman
as Clea DuVall
Sarayu Rao
as Carolyn
Sarayu Blue
as Carolyn
Ana Gasteyer
as Michelle Buteau
Daina Griffith
as Caroler #1
Gina Jun
as Christmas Party Guest
Daniel Krell
as Caroler #2
Tiffany Sander McKenzie
as Country Club Dinner Guest
Brooke Lawsing
as Country Club guest
Allyson R. Hood
as Country Club Patron
Tony Amendola
as Restaurant Patron
Lauren Lapkus
as Mall Security Crystal
Jinkx Monsoon
as Em K. Ultra
as Miss L'Teau
Sarab Kamoo
as Striking Woman Jeweler
Daryn Kahn
as Todd, Bearded Guy
Matt Newell
as Guard Eugene
Timothy Simons
as Mall Security Ed
Jordan Rhone
as Bar Drunkard
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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (54)

Proving a conservative format can change is well and good, but there's also something to be said for just leaving it behind.

February 21, 2021 | Full Review…

It's the movie equivalent of one of those specialty caffeinated holiday drinks like a Toasted White Chocolate Mocha or a Chestnut Praline Latte - a guilty pleasure filled with sweetness and warmth, but also an abundance of empty calories.

February 21, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Is the movie full of every cliché in the book? Yes. But because it takes place during my beloved Christmas season, and because it's got Davis at its center, I went with it.

February 21, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

With Happiest Season, the LGBTQ+ community may have reached cinematic quality in one key aspect. Now it too has its own average-to-bad romcom of the sort that the straight community has been churning out for decades.

February 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Watching "Happiest Season" is like opening the wrong present on Christmas morning: You're a little bummed out and it's too late to put it back in the box.

February 21, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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All too frequently the actresses seem smarter than the material, forced to navigate preposterous twists and increasingly silly plot complications.

February 21, 2021 | Full Review…

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