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by Madeline Jarvis
I went into this for a good time, damn it. OK and maybe too high of hopes or expectations. Is it really my fault, though, to have sought seasonally-appropriate levity and cuteness to help get thru this time of the year, especially this year, when I heard that a “gay holiday romcom” directed by Clea DuVall and featuring Kristen Stewart was forthcoming?
As I complained to a friend soon after watching, “Can’t someone just make a realistic, adult relationship between two queer women that isn’t frozen in some random time period, completely depressing, or solely about ~comingout~?”
Another queer friend who watched the movie with his partner, said it succinctly: “We were not expecting so much suffering.”
To be fair, most movies featuring LGBTQ stories, especially depictions of queer women and femmes, have historically shown us just that: suffering. So by comparison, yeah, HAPPIEST SEASON is a tip-toe of a step towards progress/representation. It’s just that I had been picturing something closer to But I’m a Cheerleader meets A Christmas Story meets that Jingle Bell Rock scene from Mean Girls, with a cast that might even reflect my own friends. Something stupid, but current, fun and with heart… an inclusive Christmas comedy classic?