‘Holidate‘ is a romantic comedy on Netflix directed by John Whitesell. It was produced by the Wonderland Sound and Vision production company, based on a screenplay by Tiffany Paulsen.
Starting at Christmas and ending at Christmas, Sloane (Emma Roberts) is tired of going home for the holidays where her mom Elaine (Frances Fisher) and sister Abby (Jessica Capshaw) pester about having a boyfriend, especially after her younger brother York (Jake Manley) gets engaged to Liz (Cynthy Wu). Professional golfer Jackson (Luke Bracey) has the same hang-up. After Sloane and Jackson have a chance encounter, Sloane steals her Aunt Susan’s (Kristin Chenoweth) plan of having a “Holidate,” just someone you enjoy holidays with. However, as they continue to hangout, the two of them start to connect more than just on a holiday level.
Netflix likes a certain style of rom-com. That would be one where you have the f-bomb yelled a million times, a ton of crude humor, making fun cliches while checking off the cliche checklist, and accidents from Europe or Oceania. This film is definitely no different. This medicore feature hits every single one of the streaming service boxes when it comes to this particular genre. It really adds nothing new.
That being said, the film does have some genuinely comedic moments. While Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey had only a glimmer of chemistry, they both use what they have to broker some laugh out moments. I will say, at times, you felt you were more laughing at the movie than with the movie, if you get my drift.
Also, I do not get the whole trashy comedy that has become a staple of the Netflix film. We get it. The streaming service likes men who are handome, but not toxic and women who don’t need no man, but then do for some reason. Anyway, the trashy humor did not come off as clever or enduring. If the script had been fleshed out more to rely on the witty dialogue and slapstick, it might have been better. Instead, we’re treated to jokes about anatomy, drugs, and gross out. Bleh. There was one scatalogical joke that was actually pretty funny, but that was mostly thanks to Bracey’s dialoge.
Bottom line, Holidate is a mediocre romantic comedy with nothing new to add to the genre and relies to much on trashy humor, but it does have some funny moments that do make you laugh. It is a good background movie, but not when the kids are around.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Crude humor, Minor violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: You’re wrapped up like Houdini in there.
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