I love movies that have to do with Christmas and I was very excited to make Holidate my first of 2020! I had built this one up in my head, not going to lie. It looked really cute, funny and I have been a fan of Emma Roberts for ages. Suffice to say there was a lot at stake. And despite what the critics have been saying, I actually liked it and it lived up to my expectations.
Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) are fed up of being alone for the holidays. When a chance encounter at the mall occurs, they decide to become each others’ dates for every holiday in the year going forward. It seems like the perfect set up! Guaranteed dates with no strings attached. What more could they want?
Of course nothing turns out according to plan. As Sloane and Jackson get to know each other better, they realise that there may be more to their arrangement than they originally thought…
This movie has everything you need for a festive holiday treat. I already mentioned that it was funny, but I wasn’t expecting to be in stitches throughout the whole thing. While much of the humor was a bit on the dirty side, it worked well with the overall tone of the film.
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey had great chemistry and certainly make for a picture perfect couple. Some other well known names such as Kristin Chenoweth, Jessica Capshaw and Frances Fisher rounded off the cast nicely. Chenoweth, however, was the standout as Sloane’s crazy aunt Susan.
What I liked most about Holidate was how fun it was. It didn’t take itself seriously which is important. Not to mention the fact that holiday movies aren’t supposed to be award worthy. As long as they put a smile on your face, that’s all that really matters.