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Queer Holiday Film Reviews for 2022

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Overall, 2022 has a general lack of new queer Christmas films, and none of them are premiering early enough to actually write a review. To be honest, unless I want to quickly throw a review together last minute, it’s quite difficult to write my usual full reviews when queer Christmas films actually premier. So I was actually partially thankful we don’t have many to look forward to this year.

In contrast, there was a MASSIVE onslaught of Queer Christmas films in both 2020 & 2021. While I personally watched almost all of theme both years, I knew that I would not be able to review them all – even if I really pushed it. So this year, I’m finally able to sit back and take a deep dive into some of the major queer Holiday films that premiered over the last few years.


There actually is quite a decent mix in the five queer holiday films I’ve picked. Three are made-for-TV movies, two are feature films released on steaming networks – and there’s even an original film and it’s sequel in there! But how did they actually fare when broken down? Were they all enjoyable queer holiday films that will become classics? Or is there one or two that have some flaws pulling their ratings down a bit?

So grab yourself a cup of cocoa, curl up under a blanket by the fire, and keep reading to enjoy this year’s queer Christmas film reviews. (Click on the film titles or film posters to read the full review)

And don’t forget – let me know if you agree or not in the comments below!

Whether we agree or disagree, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & Holiday season this year!

5 Queer Holiday Film Reviews for 2022

A workaholic big-city fashion journalist () is sent to a Christmas-obsessed small town to dig up a story when she finds herself in the middle of cut-throat housewives, a high-stakes “Winter Ball” competition, and a sinister plot that could destroy Christmas fore-evah!

When VH1 announced “The Bitch Who Stole Christmas” for Christmas 2021, I was ecstatic! Starring over twenty drag queens and judges from the iconic Emmy-winning series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and of course, Mother Ru herself – what could go wrong? With plenty of Ru’s iconic sass, paired with some of the heartfelt acting we saw from “AJ and the Queen”, I felt that this will be something truly enjoyable to watch. And at worst, it’d be campy as hell with plenty of drag queens to keep us entertained! So how does this drag-centric queer film fare? Not to great unfortunately. So what went wrong? Keep reading in order to find out why!

Read my full review HERE

Watch “The Bitch Who Stole Christmas” on Prime Video and WOW Presents.

Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner — until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay — is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. Happiest Season is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

Initially planned to be released in theatres before finding a new home with Hulu, Clea DuVall‘s film “Happiest Season” brings a refreshing vantage point to queer representation in Christmas movies. While there had been lesbian holiday films and shorts previously, many never reached mainstream audiences. Thankfully, “Happiest Season” broke through that barrier and thrust a lesbian romance & coming-out story smack dab in the middle of the typical chaotic family Christmas drama. And with a stellar cast, including Kristen Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, and Dan Levy, it was destined to become a great hit! But in the end, I found it just “meh”. And it seems that critics are equally mixed on their ratings. So what happened? Well, let’s break down where I had issues with the film.

Read my full review HERE

Watch “Happiest Season” on Amazon and Hulu.

3.0

Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Treat Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — Mike (Robert Buckley) and Brandon (Jonathan Bennett) — home for the holidays,” the film’s official description reads. “It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Brad Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ana Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

Back in 2020, Hallmark created QUITE a stir after first promising a gay holiday film in their annual Countdown to Christmas lineup, then “forgetting” to include it when the released the lineup – before finally caving and throwing together “The Christmas House” last minute. Starring out actor, Jonathan Bennett of Mean Girls fame, Hallmark proudly claimed that “The Christmas House” was their first film to feature a LGBTQ+ storyline. But given that we barely caught a glimpse of Bennett’s character in ANY of Hallmark’s promo material, we were left wondering how “central” the gay storyline actually would end up. (It screamed “gay best friend/sidekick/brother” sideline story instead!) So how did they do? Well… not so great on their promise of a gay Christmas film. And Hallmark films themselves aren’t not for the best quality of films. However despite these flaws, the end result is still quite a good film! Let’s break it down further.

Read my full review HERE

Watch “The Christmas House” on Amazon, Prime Video, and Hallmark Movies Now.

For the last two years, Mike (Robert Buckley) and Andi (Ana Ayora) have been settling into their home. Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) and Bill (Treat Williams) have eased into retirement and rediscovered joy in their marriage. And Mike’s brother Brandon (Jonathan Bennett) and his husband Jake (Brad Harder) are on the wild adventure that is being parents to two young children. The entire Mitchell family agrees to meet again for Christmas in the quaint town of Rhinebeck, NY. All is going according to plan for a relaxing holiday until Mike is asked to participate in a celebrity home decorating reality TV show. After some convincing from everyone else, Mike is excited to share the famed Christmas House with the world. When Mike’s opponent in the competition drops out at the last minute, Brandon is tasked with rivaling to make for an epic, brother versus brother Christmas decorating showdown! Will this competition bring lots of love and joy for the Mitchell family or will it only bring mayhem?

After their release of “The Christmas House” in 2020, Hallmark decided to give us a sequel for Christmas 2021. However while we knew a decent amount about the first film, they kept a lot of the details surrounding “The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls” under wraps until this TV movie aired. Unfortunately after watching the premier last year, I can understand why! Despite an interesting story twist, the end result had a messy script, melodrama, and a finished set that felt more like a behind-the-scenes documentary than a finished film. Sequels typically don’t fare as well as the original film and for the Mitchells, this bodes true. Was there anything good about “The Christmas House 2”? Let’s find out!

Read my full review HERE

Watch “The Christmas House 2” on Amazon, Prime Video, and Hallmark Movies Now.

3.5

5.0

Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Luke Macfarlane) the plan goes awry.

Just from the synopsis alone, I felt that Netflix’s “Single All The Way” would equal some of the other great queer Christmas films. With an incredible cast including Kathy Najimy, Michael Urie, and Jennifer Coolidge, I knew that this would be entertaining. However, it’s the unusual plot twist that really got me excited! Unlike most Christmas films where the single guy gets set up with the man of his dreams while home for the holidays, “Single All The Way” posits the question: what if your perfect match is your best friend, only you just haven’t seen it yet? The end result is a cute, romantic film that leaves you feeling happy – the perfect Christmas film ending! So let’s break down what Netflix did right.

Read my full review HERE

Watch “Single All The Way” on Netflix.

So what did you think – do you agree with how I rated all five of these Queer Holiday Films? Have you had a chance to watch them all yet? If you have, let me know which one was your favourite. And if you haven’t watched them all yet, I highly encourage you to add these Queer Holiday Films to your watch list ASAP!

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