Clea DuVall directs Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis and Aubrey Plaza in this festive romantic comedy where a young woman wants to propose to her girlfriend on Christmas Day only to discover she has not yet come out to her family, with whom they are spending the holidays.
Often hitting the frothy wit, glossy sheen and ensemble zip of a Golden Age Hollywood farce. Like Father of the Bride or The Philadelphia Story but with an LGBT twist. Daniel Levy and Mary Holland duke it out for ‘man of the match’ as the fairy godmother-esque best friend and goofy over enthused little sister alike… whenever they are on screen laughs just naturally happen. Considering this contains comedy stalwarts Plaza, Alison Brie and Mary Steenburgen in prominent roles, that is no mean feat of scene stealing. My only criticism is that Stewart has noticeably more chemistry with Plaza… you can’t fully excuse Davis’ Harper’s more hurtful, selfish behaviour even when the happy ending clicks into place. A minor quibble though of a charming entertainment.
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