We’re a little over a month away before Christmas season officially rolls in, and you know what that means? Yep, we can finally marathon all the holiday films in our watch-list without feeling weird about it. That said, it’s also around this time when production companies join in on yuletide fanfare and drop yet another round of fresh holiday finds. Not least of all streaming giant Netflix which noticeably released one of its holiday movies a lot earlier than most.
We’re talking about Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey’s romantic-comedy flick, Holidate, which recently came out last October 28 just in time for…Halloween? Believe it or not it actually makes sense but more on that later.
Let's talk plot. In case you haven't heard of it yet, this latest Netflix original follows Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey), two lonely singles who’ve grown to despise the holidays. However, everything changes one particularly bad Christmas when the two meet and agree to be each other's "holidate" for every festive occasion throughout the next year, with the promise never to fall in love with each other
With a slew of holiday movie contenders set to drop this year, we’re sure you’re wondering: What exactly makes this one so special? Well, for one, it’s not actually a Christmas film. It is, quite literally, a movie for all seasons. Meaning you can watch this one to you heart’s content the whole year round without getting odd looks from your roommate, and the occasional "Why are you watching a Christmas movie in the middle of August?" question.
“I think it may seem like it's just Christmas and New Year's at first, but we actually go through Easter, Mother's Day, the Fourth of July, and Halloween,” Luke Bracey tells Preview. “We even get to Cinco de Mayo and St Patrick's Day, so it really is like a year's worth of holidays packed into one movie. That to me made it so enjoyable to read, and it's so fun to watch.”
Aside from stating the obvious, Emma Roberts also sets apart Holidate from other seasonal rom-coms in that it’s self-aware of its own genre. “In terms of a romantic comedy it really knows it's a romantic comedy. We're commenting on certain tropes that come with these types of movies,” Emma explains for Preview. “On top of that, we also do a little bit of a flip on what you kind of come to expect when it comes to a romantic comedy. Different characters are kind of taking on the opposite role that you kind of expect in a rom-com. So yeah, it's a fresh take on a genre that we all love and adore.”
Curious to see what exactly the actress means? Stream Holidate now exclusively on Netflix.