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Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in Holidate.
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in Holidate.
Photo: Steve Dietl/Netflix


3/5 Stars


Sick of being single on major holidays, two strangers decide to be each other's platonic plus-ones throughout the year, only to catch feelings along the way.


As soon as I saw Holidate pop up on my Netflix new releases list, I knew exactly what I would be getting myself into – a beautifully cheesy rom-com.

I'm not usually one for romantic comedies, but when you throw Christmas in the mix (or any other holiday for that matter) something changes.

The holidays just feel like such a magical time where anything is possible – even highly implausible plotlines. The fact that I was craving a cringy love story played a significant role in me clicking on this Netflix title.

Then there was Australian actor Luke Bracey, who gave off really strong Chris Hemsworth vibes. I'm not ashamed to say he is the reason I stuck around.

Tired of being single on major holidays, Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) decide to be each other's plus-ones to events throughout the year after randomly meeting at a mall.

With one sibling who's married with kids and another who is engaged, Sloane starts to feel the pressure from her family to find herself a partner, so when Jackson offers to step in, she can't refuse.

The storyline is quite predictable from there, but there are a couple of funny twists.

It's the perfect film to snuggle up to with your partner on a cold night or roll your eyes to by yourself on a warm summer afternoon – think Lifetime movie, only slightly better.

I've seen the backlash Holidate has received online. But let's be honest, films like these are not meant to be profound in any way. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed it more than…well, pretty much every other person out there, judging from the harsh reviews floating about.

The truth is, I went into this film expecting it to be bad – so bad that it's good. I was ready to snort derisively at the scripting and roll my eyes when the main characters discovered love was right in front of them all along.

Now if you walk into this with the same expectations, then you may find the perfect film to help pass some time.

On the other hand, if cheese is not your thing, stay away from this one. In fact, you may want to stay away from most holiday rom-coms, just to avoid any future disappointment.



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