‘Happiest Season’ Review: Make the Yuletide Gay
For fans of seasonal festivity, the lesbian romantic comedy “Happiest Season” is a three-for-one bargain. It’s set during Christmas, it’ll release over Thanksgiving, and in keeping with Halloween, it’s a monster movie about the horrors that can arise when socializing with straight people.
In a charismatic and funny turn, Kristen Stewart stars as Abby, an amiable lesbian who hopes to propose to her girlfriend on a Christmas trip to meet the parents. The only catch is that Abby’s partner, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), has lied about coming out to her uptight family, and she wants Abby to keep up the heterosexual charade. Abby acquiesces to Harper’s wishes, despite the protests of her best friend John (Daniel Levy). For five days Abby fields prying questions, public ex-boyfriends and secret ex-girlfriends — all for the sake of her woefully abashed sweetheart.