Published December 5, 2020


Film info

  • Title Holidate
  • Director John Whitesell
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 44m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline Who's your perfect plus-one?

Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:18 She’s so right, a professional clown is not for dating.
3:33 Argh, the family photo albums.
10:43 “I have a crafty side.”
14:50 This mother would not do very well in lockdown if she doesn’t understand working from home.
19:16 “I’d jump on the Ryan Gosling train.”
21:16 Haha, he must be like WTF. You go to the bathroom and come back in a totally different ‘blood’-stained dress.
28:42 She can’t criticise an Australian accent having been out with a much stronger French one.
30:36 Haha, she’s so right about golf!
33:46 They drink green beer on St Paddy’s Day?
37:31 Kristen must have had a lot of fun with this role.
40:41 Hopped in my Uber sounds like a new euphemism.
53:56 No holidate left behind.
55:58 “You like him, he likes you, these are not real problems.”
1:05:23 Yodelling is not a good chat up line.
1:12:26 They’re so adorable!
1:18:24 Love the boys having a conversation that would normally be reserved for the ladies.
1:27:20 “I barely know him, I had to write his name on my arm.”
1:31:39 Loving the advice from the little kid.


Really loved this. It’s a Christmas film that starts with the first words being “Eff holidays” so you know you’re off to a good start. But it’s fun, Emma Roberts is great as a sort of selfish but messed up woman trying to get over what was clearly the wrong guy for her. And the connection between the two leads is nice, too, very believable as friends both with and without benefits.

It was broadly predictable, but had plenty of little twists I wasn’t expecting. There’s always a moment where things are great then they go south and have to be recovered by the end but in this film there were two of those, which gave it a rollercoaster feel - but in a good way. Loved it and I think it has good rewatchability too.

Rating: 5 / 5

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