Warning: This post contains spoilers.
Happiest Season has been in our lives for more than a week now, which means the internet is full of videos, tweets, and essays about the movie, as well as pitches for new queer holiday screenplays. If you’ve seen the film, you have an opinion about it: either you think it needs to be banned from the list of feel-good holiday movies, or you’re tired of rom-coms that gloss over the hard stuff. You might be somewhere in between, but you definitely wanted Abby to end up with Riley.
As for Harper, you probably have all sorts of complicated feelings. It’s definitely not fun to watch her treat her perfect girlfriend like she’s some friend she brought home for the holidays out of charity. In fact, it really sucks to watch.
“We all have our baggage,” director Clea DuVall told IndieWire. “We all have our main triggers and our fight or flight responses, and I think Harper is someone who was operating in this certain way for a long time. It’s this devastating moment where your instincts kick in and you realize that you have not come as far as you thought