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Review: ‘Holidate’ a fun Netflix rom-com

Review: ‘Holidate’ a fun Netflix rom-com
  • On December 8, 2020

Four Stars out of Five

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to watch an endless stream of Christmas movies. Netflix has released a number of Christmas rom-coms in the past few years – some better than others.

One of the streaming platform’s most recent flicks is “Holidate,” starring Emma Roberts as Sloane and Luke Bracey as Jackson.

“Holidate” follows the lives of two Chicago strangers who meet randomly while returning unwanted Christmas presents at the mall.

After Sloane’s younger brother gets engaged to his girlfriend on Christmas she is distraught, as she is now the last of her siblings to be single. Sloane is fed up with her mom and sister’s constant attempts to set her up with eligible bachelors.

Jackson is a professional golfer and Australia native. He wound up spending Christmas with a fling and her family. He is turned off by her moving too quickly and leaves annoyed.

Sloane is returning a pair of pajamas three sizes too big for her, while Jackson is returning a sweater gifted to him by his ex-girlfriend’s parents.

Both characters butt heads while waiting in line but wind up chatting afterward. Sloane tells Jackson about her Aunt Susan (played by Kristin Chenoweth), who brings a no-strings-attached “holidate” – a date strictly for the holidays – to every family function to avoid showing up single.

Jackson proposes that he and Sloane become each other’s holidates.

Sloane initially thinks the idea is ridiculous but eventually agrees, and the pair embark on their first date on New Year’s Eve. Sloane and Jackson go on to partake in a series of “holidates” over the course of the next year.

The two start off as frienemies more than anything, due to their conflicting personalities. They eventually develop a friendship as they get to know one another better, but agree to keep their relationship strictly platonic.

“Holidate” is a unique, feel-good film full of laugh-out-loud moments.