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  • Hulu recently acquired the rights to "Happiest Season,” which was financed by Sony Pictures and Entertainment One.
  • The romantic comedy features a lesbian couple going home for the holidays.
  • Many LGBTQ+ fans are excited about both the film and its casting.

After all the drama over Hallmark’s decision to show a lesbian wedding onscreen, Hulu decided to do one better: acquiring the rights to a holiday romantic comedy and making a lesbian couple the main event. 

“I am beyond grateful to Hulu for providing an incredible home for Happiest Season, and I’ll forever cherish my journey with Sony Pictures who felt just as strongly as I did about the value of bringing the first major LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com to audiences,” said director and writer Clea DuVall in a release. “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.” 


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"Happiest Season” stars LGBTQ+ icons including Daniel Levy of "Schitt's Creek," Aubrey Plaza of "Parks and Recreation" and — to much social media buzz and delight — Kristen Stewart. If you’re thinking, “oh, that girl from ‘Twilight?” then you were clearly quarantined well before the coronavirus outbreak and missed Stewart’s glow-up, which included several international awards, a "Charlie's Angel's" remake and her coming out as bisexual. Her casting was, to say the least, welcome news for fans.

Besides the lesbian couple, the film has all the classic hallmarks of a holiday film: a very in-love couple goes home for the holidays and must overcome the complications that arise with family. In this case, Kristen Stewart's character Abby was planning to propose to her girlfriend Harper, played by Mackenzie Davis, at Christmas dinner — until she realizes that her girlfriend's family doesn't know that she's gay. 


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“It deals with very poignant things that, for me, are extremely affecting and triggering — even though now the word ‘triggering’ triggers me more than anything in the whole world. But the movie is so funny and cute, and I loved the couple," Stewart told Duvall in an InStyle interview. “They're both people I really felt protective of in different ways, because I've been on both sides of that dynamic where someone is having a hard time acknowledging who they are and the other person is more self-accepting. I [personally] came into the more complex aspects of myself a little bit later.” 

Now 30, Stewart has grown into her identity and her on-screen confidence makes her a role model to some LGBTQ+ youth.

“I love the idea that anything I do with ease rubs off on somebody who is struggling,” she told Duvall. “That shit's dope! When I see a little kid clearly feeling themselves in a way that they wouldn't have when I grew up, it makes me skip.”

The film wrapped production in February, just before the coronavirus pandemic put much of the country under lockdown, and premieres on Hulu on Nov. 25.

“This holiday season -- more than any other -- we could all use a little happiness,” said Nicole Brown, President of TriStar Pictures. 


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Published on Oct 21, 2020