Happiest Season Is (Almost) the Queer Christmas Romcom We Deserve

What frustrates, though, is that Harper never actually does “just go for it” even as her alienation from Abby increases. It’s why it feels that by bringing the women back together, the film misses the opportunity to queer the holiday romance genre itself, by shifting the expectations of the form and asserting that a happy ending need not be the conventional romantic one. What if instead, a true, emotionally honest happy ending meant Harper lost Abby, but finally made peace with herself? What if she came out to her family not because Abby’s departure forced her hand, but because she’d finally grown tired of compartmentalizing the people who meant the most to her?

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Cate is a freelance writer and culture critic from Trinidad + Tobago. You can find her writing at Bitch Media, Jezebel, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, Vulture, The Cut and Vox among others.

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