365 days of raunchy singles navigating the holidays with or without a date – There’s no mistaking Holidate for an overly cute romantic Christmas flick.
This film was not what I expected – I’ll just get that out of the way now. But don’t take that as I hated it.
Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.
Holidate isn’t a snuggle on the couch feel-good holiday movie. And it definitely isn’t one for the littles.
But if you’re looking for a girl’s night in with some wine and chocolate – this may be one to choose. But only if your girls aren’t prude. And don’t mind some four-letter words and drug use.
I don’t mind any of those things. And prude isn’t anywhere in my vocab. But I have no idea why so many films and tv shows feel the need to add so many sex scenes nowadays. It had me cringing at parts. And I’ll admit I think a line was crossed when they were smoking a joint in the emergency room.
It’s almost like the writers were trying hard to create the next Bad Moms Christmas and ended up bumbling their way through to a D-rated comparison. Which is heartbreaking, as the cast boasted some big names that are nowhere close to being B list actors.
Now, Netflix’s Holidate isn’t a horrible movie. It had me laughing at times and by the end, I felt a little bit of the romance. But I don’t see myself adding Holidate to my annual must-watch movies for the Christmas season.
And maybe I’m judging it too harshly because I went into it expecting a holiday film that left me with that warm and fuzzy spirit. And I ended up sitting on my couch like WTF kind of holiday movie was that!?!
But I’m not counting Netflix out of the holiday film race just yet. I think this one just missed the mark and am holding out hope for the rest of their holiday line up.
If Holidate is on your list to watch, I’d love to know what you think! Share your review in the comments below.