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Cheesy H. Christ

Cornball.

Predictable AF.

Hokier than the hokey-pokey.

Normally, these descriptions of a movie would mean we hated every second.

But in the case of Single All The Way—and nearly any holiday film for that matter—it’s exactly what we CRAVE.

The fact that this new Netflix movie (out today) is a gay, gay, gay yuletide romp makes it that much more endearing in our book.

It has all the clichés of this brand of Christmasy flick, including a snowy, Norman Rockwell-worthy setting, an unlucky-in-love protagonist ready to settle down, “ordinary people” who are model-hot, and seasonally named characters (such as Kathy Najimy’s Carole—or Christmas Carole as she prefers to be called).

Once the initial setup is out of the way and the action shifts from sunny Los Angeles to wintry New England, the film hits its groove. We almost immediately became invested in the story once Najimy and Barry Bostwick enter the picture. And Schitt’s Creek‘s Jennifer Robinson was a nice surprise (even with normal hair!).

But then the filmmakers bring out the big guns (and that’s only partially a euphemism) as Jennifer Coolidge stomps onto the screen as the (shocker) crazy, self-indulgent, boozy Aunt Sandy.

Michael Urie as Peter, Jennifer Coolidge as Aunt Sandy, in Single All The Way. Cr. Philippe Bosse/Netflix © 2021

We could watch Coolidge read the phone book (if those were still a thing) and laugh our asses off. Guaranteed.

Her character adds the right amount of sacrilege (the pageant she wrote and directed has a hilarious name that we won’t spoil here) to keep the movie from being too ooey-gooey a comedy. An apparent disdain for the Virgin Mary made us chuckle every time, too.

Kathy Najimy as Carole in Single All The Way. Cr. Philippe Bosse/Netflix © 2021

What’s greatest about these new LGBTQ-centric holiday movies is the way they normalize queer relationships, showcase diversity in matter-of-fact ways, and gently preach the message that love is love—any time of year. It’s a wonderful affirmation that simultaneously ruffles the delicate feathers of conservatives.

And that’s the best Christmas present we could ever ask for.

Single All The Way
Out today
netflix.com

Photo credits: Philippe Bosse/Netflix