Holidate Review

Tonight Netflix kicks off its holiday slate of original programming with Holidate.

Holidate is the story of Sloane (Emma Roberts) not exactly living her best life. It’s Christmas in Chicago and she’s stuck at another family Christmas with her extended family, which includes her meddling mother Elaine (Frances Fisher), who’s convinced that her daughter is heading towards a life of living an unhappy existence alone. Her sister, Abby (Jessica Capshaw), urges her to agree to be fixed up on a blind date.

The day only gets worse for Sloane, who’s the only the only single one left of her siblings, when her brother York (Jake Manley) proposes to his sweet-natured girlfriend Liz (Cynthny Wu).

Sloane’s not the only one have a rough holiday experience, with her friend Jackon (Luke Bracey), a commitment-averse Aussie, in a similar conundrum. Half a world away from his own relatives, he’s spending the holiday on the world’s most awkward date with a woman he’s only been seeing casually. In fact, Christmas is only their third date but he’s being sold as the future son-in-law.

When both Sloane and Jackson are exchanging gifts, there’s some banter too as the pair agree to be each other’s ‘holidates’ for New Year’s Eve and every holiday for the next year, just like Sloane’s aunt Susan (Kristin Chenoweth) does. The big rule is that it’s not a friends-with-benefits situation, just them being each other’s plus one to keep everyone quiet. Sounds easy given they don’t find each other attractive, right?

Can Jackson and Sloane really just come in and out of each other’s lives with absolutely zero feelings involved? Only time will tell…

The film, which clocks in at 102 minutes, was penned by Tiffany Paulsen and puts a twist on your standard romcom in a really delightful way. With a focus on the key holidays like New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July, just to name a few, we are given short snippets of the pair’s interactions throughout the year.

While Roberts and Bracey have a chemistry that makes this film a delight to watch, it’s Chenoweth who really steals the show as the delightful Aunt Susan.

Holidate is a twist on your standard romcom that will truly delight fans of the genre, so make a (holi)date with this release this holiday season!

 

3.5 Stars.

Holidate is now streaming on Netflix