Happiest Season

Published December 20, 2020

Happiest Season

Film info

  • Title Happiest Season
  • Director Clea DuVall
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline This holiday, everyone's secrets are coming out

Meeting your girlfriend's family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family's annual Christmas dinner - until you realise that they don't even know she's gay - is even harder. When Abby learns that Harper has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:05 Really like the calendar postcards to ease you into their story. Good opening credits.
4:52 I don’t understand the plan of climbing on someone else’s roof. Not good.
7:52 “I am all in on Christmas.” Me too.
10:21 The best friend is fab. “Way to stick it to the patriarchy.”
13:05 “It’s five days, how bad can it be?” No, no, don’t ask that question.
17:43 I have such affinity with her being a bad liar.
23:41 Haha, Jane is funny.
28:46 Unusual that the mother is the one obsessed with social media rather than the kids.
37:01 Everyone at this party is both brilliant and awful in equal measure.
38:34 “I’m not shaming you, I just think the choice you’re making is dumb and you should feel bad about it and yourself.”
45:57 How can a pot pourri vendor be a thing?
50:07 What in god’s name is a cruffin?
55:24 Is it bad that I want Abbie and Riley to be a couple now?
1:02:11 “She is very heavy footed.”
1:08:34 He says that internet thing like it’s nothing but it’s a REALLY IMPORTANT JOB.
1:15:39 Everything seems to be happening in the closets. Tip: have smaller closets.
1:17:58 To be honest, I’d pay $1000 to be out of this situation right now.
1:26:50 “I don’t have any secrets but I am an ally.”
1:29:18 At least the sisters found each other again.
1:30:40 People need to stop tracking each other!


This is a brilliant film. It’s got an incredible cast to start with, and they are all believable as family or friends or adversaries, or potential partners. Great chemistry and even when they’re not being particularly nice to each other, you understand their reasons and what they’re going through. Relatable even when they’re being awful.

I love Kristen Stewart and the rom-com story being told here is both wonderful and super important. I’m not sure I wanted her to end up with Harper, but you can’t help what the heart wants! A Christmas movie for the ages, this one.

Rating: 5 / 5

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