Deck the halls with Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis goodness! Hulu’s Happiest Season, written by Clea DuVall and Mary Holland and directed by DuVall, brings all the holiday cheer with an official full-length trailer.
The film follows Abby (Stewart) as she plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Davis). All is calm and all is bright — that is, until Abby discovers that Harper hasn’t come out to her family yet. The pair travels to Harper’s conservative family home to spend the holidays with them. Naturally, festive shenanigans ensue.
Harper tells her family that Abby is her orphaned friend, so the latter must keep up the ruse so as not to accidentally “out” her girlfriend. Dan Levy portrays Abby’s friend John who monitors the increasingly chaotic situation from afar. There’s even a moment in the trailer wherein he pretends to be Abby’s ex-boyfriend. I’m hoping he’s a carbon copy of David Rose, mostly because I’m missing Schitts Creek.
DuVall spoke with Entertainment Weekly last month about her inspiration for Happiest Season. She revealed she wrote the film from her “own place of truth” as a queer woman. Stewart added her own two cents regarding the authenticity DuVall brought to the script:
I grew up watching and loving conventional movies like this. Seeing [marginalized] people loving each other in the middle of something that’s so standardized was really exhilarating and freeing. There’s a lack of confusion and generalization Clea brings [as a queer woman]. I want people to see that two girls in love is just so fun.
Personally, Happiest Season looks like the cure for my holiday blues. The trailer is laden with plenty of quirky hijinks that run rampant in romantic comedies. But there’s also a heaping helping of heart. It’s like taking a bite of comfort food. Judging by the trailer, I’d say this film will provide those feel-good vibes that are sorely lacking in 2020.
Happiest Season stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Levy, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen. It’ll be available to stream just in time for the holidays November 25, only on Hulu.
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