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“HOLIDATE” Movie Review – A Feel-Good Holiday Romantic Comedy

“HOLIDATE” is now available to watch on Netflix and I have to say I really enjoyed this holiday rom-com! There are so many romance movies during this time of year but this one set the bar high!!

HOLIDATE (2020) Kristin Chenoweth as Aunt Susan. Cr. Steve Dietl/NETFLIX

We can always count on Netflix to come through with the feel good holiday flicks. “HOLIDATE”(2020), is setting the bar high as one of the first to hit the platform this holiday season. Featuring Emma Roberts of American Horror Story and Jessica Capshaw of Grey’s Anatomy, this film has the makings of a hit.

HOLIDATE (2020) Emma Roberts as Sloane Reed and Luke Bracey as Jackson. Cr. Steve Dietl/NETFLIX

A Star-Studded Cast

Emma Roberts as Sloane. Roberts is well known for her roles in Ryan Murphy’s series’ American Horror Story and Scream Queens

Luke Bracey as Jackson. Bracey recently starred in the series Little Fires Everywhere and acted alongside Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016).

Andrew Bachelor as Neil. This will be Bachelor’s third role in a Netflix production. Bachelor recently starred in Rim of the World (2019) and is also set to star alongside Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson in Netflix’s upcoming Coffee and Kareem.

Jessica Capshaw as Abby. Capshaw is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Arizona Robbins in the ABC hit Grey’s Anatomy.

Kristin Chenoweth as Aunt Susan. Chenoweth is an Emmy and Tony Award Winning actress and singer. She is well known for her role in the series Pushing Daisies.

The Scoop On A “Holidate”

For many, the holiday’s are a time of year when being single is rough. Grandma always wants to know when she’ll get to meet your long-awaited significant other. For Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey), the stress of being “perennially single” had become too much to bare. For Sloane and Jackson, finding a date to avoid being confined to the children’s table for another year seemed to consistently fail. The solution? A “holidate”, or an arrangement that left both Sloane and Jackson with a date to each of their respective get togethers, no strings attached. Of course, the “no strings attached” is often a hard boundary to maintain. The result is a hilarious and heartwarming story that seeks to be the perfect blend of romantic comedy and holiday movie.

A Non-Traditional Romantic Comedy

During the preparations for the film, writer Tiffany Paulsen describes seeking to make a rom-com that did not rely on traditional cliches. Paulsen says her ultimate “pet peeve” in romantic comedy is “two people sitting in a coffee shop”. Thankfully, Paulsen’s unique screen play caught the attention of producers McG and Mary Viola who felt “HOLIDATE” offered “an interesting take on holidays and dating expectations”. Simultaneously, “HOLIDATE” delivers the comedic markings and nostalgia of When Harry Met Sally and John Hughes while keeping modern themes in mind. Ultimately, the value of individuality and how to navigate social pressures are set to be important themes within the film.

HOLIDATE (2020) L to R: Emma Roberts as Sloane Reed & Luke Bracey as Jackson Pieretti. Cr. Steve Dietl / Netflix

Final Thoughts

I love a good rom com and “Holidate” did not disappoint. Both Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey shined in their roles and reminded us that sometimes not looking for love is the best way to find it. While it was predictable as most romantic comedies are there was something special about this one. Everything didn’t work out perfectly and there were times we thought their relationship may end, but as true ‘holidates’ the holidays always brought them back together.

I also loved the twist on a holidate, I had never heard of this before but thought it was a very cute and fun idea. Those that are single this holiday season will definitely relate and those coupled up will find themselves relating to the other relationships. Kristin Chenoweth as Aunt Susan was hilarious. This is definitely a movie I would recommend!

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