Happy Holidate’s To All

Reviews

As we transition into the holiday season, I thought it was only fitting to review a movie that has popped up on my Netflix recommendations every year for the past two years. “Holidate,” directed by John Whitesell is similar to your classic hallmark film, as it’s cliche but still enjoyable. 

The plot is engaging as it follows Sloane Benson, played by Emma Roberts, as she deals with the embarrassment of not having a significant other during the holidays. Her family is hectic and she has always felt left out without a boyfriend. She then meets Jackson, played by Luke Bracey, who is in a similar situation, and they agree to be each other’s “holidates,” pretending to be together on holidays so they don’t feel alone or embarrassed in front of their families. 

I would like to preface this by saying that this movie was very predictable. However, that does not mean I wasn’t at the edge of my seat during certain parts. The characters draw the viewer in, making it easy to be invested in the plot. After Sloane and Jackson agree to be each other’s “holidates,” the movie jumps from holiday to holiday: going from Christmas, to New Years, to Valentine’s day, to St. Patrick’s day, and on. This made the movie less interesting because the viewer missed large chunks of time in the characters’ lives. 

The movie has a few odd parts. For example, Jackson loses his finger and then has it easily fixed, which is an unrealistic plotline.  Another example of the movie being odd is the characterization of Faarooq, played by Manish Dayal. He is in love with Sloane’s aunt who looks like she could be Sloane’s grandmother. His characterization could have been more consistent and better directed. 

The ending of “Holidate” couldn’t be more cliche, and it isn’t super interesting for that reason. One could see it coming from a mile away, but if the viewer is invested in the plot, it isn’t too unbearable. 

The acting overall is sub-par, but that is nothing uncommon for classic Christmas movies. I think Sloane and Jackson have good chemistry and Bracey’s Australian accent adds to the romantic aspect of the movie. 

The picture and quality of the film are both excellent. The colors are vibrant and the movie portrays each of the holidays well, especially Christmas.

The moral of the movie is important to consider because it brings light to modern-day expectations of people to have significant others. It shows the pressure of family leading to someone feeling like they have to “fit in” by having a boyfriend or girlfriend. 

At the end of the day, “Holidate” has successfully done its job of being a cliche Christmas movie despite a few weird aspects. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a feel-good romance or even anyone who just wants to be entertained for an hour and 45 minutes.