‘Happiest Season’ Had the ‘Best Viewership’ of Any Hulu Original Movie; Clea Duvall Is Down for a Sequel

by Jeremy Spirogis
Clea DuVall (writer/director), Kristen Stewart (who plays Abby), and Mackenzie Davis (who plays Harper) on the set of

With bodily film theaters not being the most secure possibility this vacation season, the very best place to get your Christmas film repair is on streaming platforms. And what’s the most important, new vacation film drop? The Christmas rom-com starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Aubrey Plaza, and Dan Levy. Happiest Season brought on fairly the stir on social media, however all that discourse and LGBTQ illustration, has made it a giant success. Will it get a sequel? [Spoiler alert: Some minor spoilers for Happiest Season forward].

‘Happiest Season’ is without doubt one of the first LGBTQ Christmas motion pictures backed by a serious studio 

Clea DuVall (writer/director), Kristen Stewart (who plays Abby), and Mackenzie Davis (who plays Harper) on the set of 'Happiest Season'
Clea DuVall (author/director), Kristen Stewart (who performs Abby), and Mackenzie Davis (who performs Harper) on the set of ‘Happiest Season’ | Lacey Terrell/Hulu

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Even although there are several types of Christmas motion pictures, it’s nonetheless its personal style, to be trustworthy. Especially in relation to romantic vacation movies. But not many are about same-sex {couples}. This yr, although, Happiest Season modified that. 

Written and directed by Clea DuVall, Happiest Season was one of many first LGBTQ Christmas rom-coms backed by a serious studio and placed on a big streaming platform. It instructed the story of Abby (Stewart) and Harper (Davis), a pair who’ve been courting for a bit over a yr. Harper invited Abby to her household’s home for Christmas, with out telling her that she truly wasn’t out to them but. 

On high of that, she didn’t inform them that Abby was lesbian both. So for 5 days, Abby has to “stay in the closet,” so to talk and she or he and Harper have to cover their relationship. It, after all, turns into difficult when Harper begins to revert again to who her mother and father assume she is or desires her to be.

It sparked quite a lot of controversy on-line by way of how horrible some thought Harper was versus why she was that means (spoiler: It’s due to her mother and father). And then add Plaza’s irresistibly amicable Riley into the combination and viewers had many ideas on how the film ought to have ended. 

The film had the ‘best viewership’ for any Hulu authentic movie

With that mentioned, many folks nonetheless watched the film. And that’s not simply inside the Twitter vacuum. Variety tweeted on Dec. 1 that Happiest Season broke the document for Hulu by “attaining the best viewership for any original film on the service in its opening weekend.” In addition to that, it introduced essentially the most, new subscribers to Hulu than some other new title earlier than.

With all of the dialogue on-line and with so many individuals making TikTok movies about it as effectively, it’s not arduous to see why that’s. There actually is such a starvation for queer content material and flicks about same-sex {couples}. A film about lesbians being one of many greatest titles to ever premiere on a serious streaming platform hopefully opens quite a lot of main studios’ eyes to what sort of media is required. 

As for Harper and the disdain that some folks had for her, DuVall instructed Variety in an interview on Dec. 1 that she understands the frustration together with her storyline, however that “being closeted is really painful.” 

“It’s not an easy place to be. And I think having compassion for someone in that situation is really important,” she mentioned. “The character of Harper is someone who I think feels a lot of shame about it — she feels bad. None of this is, like, easy for her, you know?”

Having written her and spending 4 years with the character, DuVall mentioned that she understands her and in the end simply desires what’s greatest for her. 

“I think the message that you can mess up, and that you can do the work and get better is really important,” she acknowledged. “And be kind to yourself, and have compassion. Because I think compassion is in short supply.”

Clea DuVall is all the way down to make a sequel 

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With the hopefulness for extra LGBTQ tales to come back out of Happiest Season’s success, might there be a chance of a sequel too? Those numbers positively give extra hope, and DuVall is down. 

“I would love to do a sequel,” she instructed Variety. 

As to what it could possibly be about, she mentioned that whereas filming the film, she and the forged already kind of talked about what might occur. She additionally mentioned she has a “couple of ideas.” She additionally famous, although, that that they had no concept that anybody would look after the film as a lot as they did. With the acceptance that it’s acquired, she’s “more than open to it” now. 

Variety then famous that that is the “first feature centered on lesbians” that’s gone viral. When requested how DuVall feels about that, she didn’t actually know what that meant. But total, she’s “just so thrilled” that folks have seen the film and really feel one thing due to it. And that it’s opened up a dialogue throughout platforms and amongst associates. 

“There’s been so little visibility that for something like this to come out and be so visible and so seen and wanted to be seen by so many people — it’s very humbling,” she mentioned. “It’s really wild.”

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