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Happiest Season

在一个现实的世界中,一个典型的夫妇不会私下交换明显的解释线,说“我知道你对圣诞节的感受,因为你失去了父母。”除非他们以某种方式更关心向他们的情绪状态和个人历史上通知一些想象的旁观者,否则你知道,除了你知道,是两个真正的人自然进入彼此的爱好者。然而,这种描述性的线路正是在中央浪漫二人哈珀之间提前嘀咕的内容(Mackenzie Davis.)和Abby(Kristen Stewart) in the generically vivid holiday rom-com “Happiest Season.” It’s never a good sign when characters in a film promptly declare: we are aware you are watching and we’re here to teach you a thing or two.

不幸的是,这种自我意识的态度困扰着“最快乐的季节”,演员 - 转向导演的Clea Duvall的第二个叙事特征在2016年的谦虚而锋利的关系中喜剧“干预措施“一部电影,在页面和相机后面介绍了作者导演的感知声音。由Duvall和她的“Veep”Co-Star合作Mary Holland, “Happiest Season” puzzlingly doesn’t feature any of the incisiveness DuVall formerly came to prove as a storyteller. It’s almost as if the filmmaker thought that her movie—a mainstream, star-studded, studio holiday romp built around a gay couple—is virtuous and worthy enough in itself just by existing. Toppling a stereotypically straight and white genre does not make it beside the point whether an ensemble resembles people with recognizable human behavior.

To some degree, it’s impossible to not feel impressed by the audacity of DuVall, an openly gay woman herself, in wanting to tell an inclusive version of a Christmas story we’ve seen a million times before. By the same token, it’s disheartening that heterosexuality is still the default mode of this fare in a frequency that makes films like DuVall’s seem like small miracles. But those grounds alone aren’t enough to justify the overall clumsiness of “Happiest Season” when most of it looks unimaginatively lit and designed like a cookie-cutter holiday showroom, with scenes written in the tone of SNL sketches: absurd though not cleverly so, awkwardly humorless and curiously lifeless.

然而,所有的主要的和舒适的装饰the season—handsome decorations, crackling fires, twinkly lights and plenty of red and gold—still pleasantly deck the movie in which the mellow Abby and the boisterous Harper live happily together in their cozy apartment. One drunken night while they wait for the holiday break to commence, Harper gears up the courage to invite Abby to her family’s home for Christmas, her girlfriend’s general resistance to the festivities be damned. Abby accepts, with a diamond ring at the ready to pop the question to Harper over at her parents’ house. But little does she know that Harper isn’t out to her family yet—they think she’s bringing home her orphaned straight roommate who has nowhere else to go for Christmas.

When Harper finally admits the truth to Abby on the way, the young woman protests, but then eventually weighs and accepts the situation with an unusual amount of grace, keeping her pain at bay, understanding that the woman she is in love with isn’t ready to publicly own up to their relationship. If only I could tell you that Harper’s family at least makes it a bit easy for Abby to peacefully play along for a few days. But a manic and gauche atmosphere takes over at once, thanks to Harper’s image-crazy mother Tipper (玛丽斯蒂登堡), politician father Ted (维克多加尔伯) - 除了他为市长和两个噩梦姐妹竞选的事实之外,我们从来没有去过他的政治学习什么:非常敌对,不幸的斯洛安(艾莉森咸衣)和漫画的孝顺女儿简(荷兰)。与此同时,Duvall和Holland在喜剧陆地的尝试没有。然后,也许不一于不断地提醒艾比关于她的父母的死亡,不恰当地称之为孤儿“需要”,无论你如何旋转它,都不能搞笑。

Abby的时间与哈珀的家人回忆起“遇见父母”和“家庭石头“杂交种子,虽然没有前者的真正幽默和后者的黑暗复杂机智。(是的,假日电影也可以复杂。)在下面的日子里,Abby她最好不要让她困惑的女朋友失望,他不可忽视的是忽视她,强迫她陷入艰难,不诚实的情况。幸运的Aubrey Plaza莱利 - 一个秘密的哈珀的秘密女朋友也被她的心脏打破了她的故事,作为一个盟友,形成如此真正的性化学,你可能会发现自己根深蒂固地朝着最终联盟扭曲。

但是“最快乐的季节”不是那种电影,而不是那种允许故事揭示自己的透露自己的电影。我们所遗弃的是一个强迫幸福的结局,关于家庭和未充分利用的“Schitt的溪”创造者的少年课程丹征税in the role of Abby’s gay best friend John, a character that solely exists to serve as a mouthpiece for the film’s thematic endeavors. The greatRoger xf187 首页Ebert.曾经说过,“这不是一部电影是什么,这就是它的方式。”“最快乐的季节”重点介绍了前者,它完全忘记了后者。

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Tomris Laffly

Tomris Laffly是一部自由职业电影作家和基于纽约的批评者。纽约电影批评圈(NYFCC)的成员,她经常贡献rogerxf187 首页ebert.com.,品种和超时纽约,在电影制片人杂志,电影杂志,秃鹰,播放列表和包装中,以及其他网点的曲线。

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最快乐的季节电影海报

最快乐的季节(2020)

一些语言的评分PG-13。

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Kristen Stewartas Abby

Mackenzie Davis.as Harper

艾莉森咸衣斯洛安

丹尼尔征税作为约翰

玛丽斯蒂登堡作为倾斜者

Aubrey Plazaas Riley

维克多加尔伯as Ted

Ana Gasteyer

Burl Moseley作为埃里克

Sarayu Blue.作为卡罗琳

Jake McDorman.

Mary Holland像简

卡罗琳哈里斯作为凯莉

米歇尔·巴特as Trudy

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