Kristen Stewart’s “Happiest Season” Trailer Makes the Yuletide Gayer Than Ever

The trailer for Clea DuVall’s lesbian Christmas rom-com, Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, just dropped and wow wow wow the yuletide has never been so gay.

In case you haven’t caught the Happiest Season hype yet, here’s the official synopsis: 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.

I think I can tell you this at this point without getting in trouble — we’ll see! — that I visited the set of Happiest Season in Pittsburgh in February. It was the last thing I did before COVID lockdown, actually. I met everyone making the film, except Dan Levy, and I’m so excited to tell you about it later this week!

Happiest Season lands on Hulu on November 25th.

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. I’m not really a Christmas/Christmas movie person, but I cannot resist a film by a queer director featuring so many queer actors! In both queer and straight roles! I’m interested to hear what being on the set was like; pretty darn gay, perhaps?

      • I agree with you on both counts! I am dying for a lesbian romcom where coming out or figuring out identity is not part of the plot, bc that is not the only thing we experience. I am cautiously more excited about it than I expected to be after watching the trailer bc it looks genuinely funny and joyful! Feels more “oh no, i am digging this hole of deceit even deeper” in that classic comedy way rather than just “drama and shame about my identity” if that makes sense

  2. I am definitely looking forward to this! I love Mackenzie Davis, especially in “Halt and Catch Fire.” There is a xmas queer/lesbian film on Netflix which is a happy/emotional tearjerker that I watched end enjoyed last weekend. It’s called “A New York Christmas Wedding.” I recommend it!

  3. I’m really excited for this! I feel bummed that it’s not safe to go to movie theaters right now…because if I could, I would get all my queer friends to go see this and we could make the box office numbers pop on that first weekend.

  4. I just love when Black women just don’t exist at all in cinematic universes..esp queer ones. Ugh. Pass. Also…can dykes just dyke?? We just couldn’t skip the coming out for once?

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