First Look: Kristen Stewart & Mackenzie Davis In Queer Rom-Com ‘Happiest Season’

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.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.