As if Joe Biden’s victory wasn’t enough to make progressives happy, we now have the first look at Happiest Season, the eagerly-anticipated gay romantic comedy from director Clea Duvall, set to be released this month, just in time for the holidays. Starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is about a lesbian couple going home for Christmas, where one is planning to propose during the festive occasion, but soon learns that her girlfriend isn’t even out to her family. Co-written by Duvall and Mary Holland, the film looks to put a fresh, new spin on the classic home-for-the-holidays theme, hoping to appeal to mainstream audiences who might be longing for a fresh take on a classic genre.
The time seems to be ripe for Happiest Season’s success, following the recent success of other mainstream comedies featuring gay themes and characters like Love, Simon and Booksmart, as well as the thundering popularity (and Emmy juggernaut) of the television series Schitt’s Creek.
Duvall, directing only her second feature film, has high hopes for what the film can be, as she told Variety, “I’m hopeful that this universal story, told through a unique lens, will join the long list of holiday classics that continue to bring all of us so much joy and happiness.”
Happiest Season will be skipping theatres and will premiere directly on the streamer Hulu on November 25.