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Happiest Season (2020)

Director:
Clea DuVall

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Romance/Drama/
Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Happiest Season

RUNNING TIME
102 minutes

Producers:
Isaac Klausner
Marty Bowen

Screenwriters:
Clea DuVall
Mary Holland


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Abby, Harper's girlfriend

Kristen Stewart

Harper, Abby's girlfriend

Mackenzie Davis
Sloane, Harper's eldest sister Alison Brie

Riley Johnson, Harper's ex-girlfriend

Aubrey Plaza

John, Abby's best friend

Dan Levy

Jane, Harper's middle sister

Mary Holland

Ted, Harper's father

Victor Garber

Tipper, Harper's mother

Mary Steenburgen

 

Review

This film by director and co-writer Clea DuVall has a fun premise: A 20-something woman living in the city (Mackenzie Davis) invites her girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) to spend Christmas with the former's family, not telling her that her parents and sisters not only know nothing about their relationship, but also don't know that they're gay. The stage is set for all sorts of funny and perhaps profound situations. But although it starts out quite promisingly, Happiest Season fails to present much new material, evoke very many laughs, or find any depth in its characters. Despite its seemingly progressive nature, the film is surprisingly conventional, especially during a painfully trite finale. Kristen Stewart is well cast, but doesn't get enough to work with. The film's breakout performers are Dan Levy as Stewart's friend and Mary Holland as the family's bumbling middle sister.

Copyright 15.02.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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