The queer holiday rom-com ‘Happiest Season’ lands Hulu release date


Deck the halls for a gay ol’ time this holiday season with Happiest Season on Hulu!

Happiest Season follows a young lesbian couple, Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), as they travel home for a family Christmas gathering in Pittsburgh. On the way, Harper informs Abby that she has yet to come out to her conservative relatives.

Clea DuVall wrote and directed the holiday rom-com. Others joining the star studded cast include Dan Levy, Ana Gasteyer, Victor Garber, Mary Steenburgen, and Alison Brie, Mary Holland and Aubrey Plaza.

Sony, Entertainment One, and Hulu announced on Tuesday that a potential theatrical release outside of the United States is still on the table if theaters in other countries safely remain open throughout in the pandemic. Here in the U.S. it will now premiere exclusively on Hulu one day before Thanksgiving.

“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,” DuVall, said in a press 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.”

TriStar president Nicole Brown: “This holiday season — more than any other — we could all use a little happiness. It was essential to Sony Pictures and to the filmmakers that Clea’s marvelous and fresh holiday-themed romantic comedy come out when the lights are on the trees. We are excited that Hulu is geared up to make this happen in the U.S. and grateful that they love the movie as much as we do.”

Stewart also weighed in on her involvement in the project, “Seeing marginalized people loving each other in the middle of something that’s so standardized was really exhilarating and freeing. There’s a lack of confusion and generalization Clea brings as a queer woman. I want people to see that two girls in love is just so fun.”

Happiest Season will debut exclusively on Hulu November 25th.

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