The way Hollywood presents romantic comedies is beginning to evolve to match the moment. A couple of years ago Love, Simon became one of the first major studio rom-coms to feature a gay male romance. And now, Happiest Season stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis in the first to center on a lesbian couple, and it’s a holiday movie to boot.
Our first look at Happiest Season has arrived, featuring Stewart and Davis in a film directed by actress Clea Duvall. This marks Duvall’s sophomore effort after 2016’s amazing comedy, The Intervention. Duvall also co-wrote the script with comedian Mary Holland, who has a supporting role in the film alongside Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Victor Garber, Ana Gasteyer, Sarayu Blue, and Mary Steenburgen.
Here’s the synopsis, which sounds pretty straight-forward but is full of comic potential:
Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner -until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay -is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. HAPPIEST SEASON is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.
Happiest Season opens on November 25th.