Randomly meeting at a store return counter introduces Sloane to Jackson. Both tired of nightmare dates and meddling family during the holidays, they strike an arrangement, whereby they meet as a couple only during the holidays to make life at the very least tolerable. Slowly, so slowly, while scoffing at the cliches of romance (and to their surprise), their relationship grows into something deeper.

Director: John Whitesell
Cast: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth 

Review: Holidate can be easily summed up as spiked eggnog. Not exactly everyone’s favorite beverage, and it’s certainly of a piece with the plain milk elements of the season. But that extra edge of dalliance gives it just enough flavor to make its viewers feel warm, distracted, and maybe a little buzzed. Aside from some forced subplots involving a strained marriage and a budding romance between Sloane’s aunt and a surprise character, Holidate is an often thrifty dose of pure, adulterated entertainment, even if the marketing would have you groan at its seemingly bored premise.

Verdict: Worth the Popcorn

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