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First trailer for Kristen Stewart’s lesbian Christmas rom-com is here and everyone’s pointing out the obvious

Lily Wakefield November 10, 2020
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Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as a lesbian couple in Happiest Season. (TriStar)

The first trailer for Happiest Season, Kristen Stewart’s upcoming lesbian Christmas rom-com, has dropped, and it’s changing the minds of even the most committed Grinch.

Happiest Season stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as a lesbian couple dealing with the stress of a conservative family at Christmas.

The film was directed by Clea DuVall, and its incredible cast also includes Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Mary Steenburgen, Jake McDorman, Victor Garber, Mila Kunis and Burl Moseley.

Abby (Kristen Stewart) plans to propose to Harper (Mackenzie Davis) at her family’s Christmas party, but soon discovers that her partner has not actually come out to her conservative parents.

The trailer sees Harper hilariously introduce Abby as her “orphan friend” who has no one to spend the holiday with, but things soon take a turn for the worse, with Abby asking: “Do you know how painful it’s been to watch the person that I love hide me?”

The soundtrack for the trailer is “Make You Mine This Season” by lesbian icons Tegan and Sara, who wrote the song specifically for the film.

The release of the Happiest Season trailer has put queer Twitter in the festive spirit.

Advocate editor Tracy Gilchrist wrote on Twitter: “I always thought I was a bit of a Grinch but got me and I cried like a kid on Christmas.

“I didn’t realize I was missing out on a queer romcom with all the holiday fixings.”

The representation of queer love in the film also has the LGBT+ community describing what it means to them.

One person wrote: “I’m a 51-year-old gay man. This is the kind of movie queer people dreamt about being made in the 80s 90s and 00s after being portrayed as tragic figures or murderers.

“It took decades to get a movie like this made with such big stars and its wonderful to finally see!”

“This looks so good,” said another. “Thank you for making a Christmas movie I actually want to see!

“I usually hate the holidays because my family is not accepting of who I am, but this makes me excited to spend Christmas by myself this year with a good movie.”

While the LGBT+ representation in Happiest Season was applauded, the cast is almost exclusively white.

While queer Twitter was thrilled about a holiday movie that finally represented them, it did not go unnoticed that the cast of Happiest Season is almost exclusively white.

When the Happiest Season twitter account tweeted “you bring the eggnog, we’ll bring the rum,” one Twitter user shot back: “I wish you could have brought some people of colour to the cast.”

Another described their internal conflict: “This is cute and as a lesbian I approve but as a Black person still begging for representation in 2020 I have to ask: Where are the Black people?”

More: christmas film, clea duvall, happiest season, Kristen Stewart, Tegan and Sara, trailer

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