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Christmas is just a month or so away, which is why to get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve started surfing for and watching Christmas movies.
So far, I’ve watched the following: Love Hard (2021, Hernán Jiménez) starring Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang—a festive catfishing rom-com; Home Sweet Home Alone (2021, Dan Mazer)—because it’s a reboot of Home Alone; and Father Christmas is Back (2021, Philippe Martinez, Mick Davis)—because it is a comedy film and it stars Elizabeth Hurley.
Anyway, I’m just starting, and I plan to watch more Christmas movies. Take a look at some of the LGBTQ holiday films and shows that we should look forward to this year:
- The Bitch Who Stole Christmas (2021, Don Scardino) — this upcoming Christmas comedy film stars RuPaul and twenty RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants including other celebrities like Manila Luzon, Michelle Visage, Mayhem Miller, Jaymes Mansfield, Kelly Mantle, Kim Petras, Kimora Blac, Krysta Rodriguez, Kylie Sonique Love, Laganja Estranja, Latrice Royale, Morgan McMichaels, Pandora Boxx, Peppermint, Porkchop, Raven, Rock M. Sakura, and Ross Mathews to name a few.
Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder, the film was written by Connor Wright and Christina Friel. The official blurb of the movie reads:
In the draggiest Christmas movie ever made, 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!
The Bitch Who Stole Christmas premieres on December 2, 2021 on VH1.
RuPaul assembles the largest @RuPaulsDragRace cast in movie history for 'The Bitch Who Stole Christmas' starring Heidi N Closet, Peppermint, Gottmik, Brooke Lynn Hytes, and more. https://t.co/emDCTEDZYp— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 29, 2021
- The Mitchell family returns in The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls (2021, Rich Newey)! This film is a sequel to 2020’s The Christmas House (Michael Grossman), which, if you can recall, was Hallmark’s first movie to ever prominently feature a same-sex couple.
In the second installment, the Mitchell brothers—Mike (played by Robert Buckley) and Brandon (played by Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett)—compete against each other to transform and give their home a holiday makeover for a Christmas House decorating reality TV show.
In The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, Brad Harderreprises his role as Jonathan Bennett’s husband, Jake. The film also stars Ana Ayora, Sharon Lawrence, and Treat Williams, etc. You can start streaming it on Hallmark Channel this coming December 18.
- Father Christmas is Back (2021, Philippe Martinez, Mick Davis) — the film follows the story of a quirky family who had to reunite for the Christmas Holiday at the Hope Yorkshire mansion. The family is composed of 4 sisters—one of whom is the owner of the mansion—and their parents as well as their respective partners, save for Paulina (played by actress Naomi Frederick) who is perpetually single. Oh, and add the Hope children to the mix and the movie’s such a riot.
As the family spends more time together, one-by-one secrets were uncovered. The only person who didn’t have a secret was Paulina who is openly gay, she was out to the entire family but no one actually believes her. One of her sisters said of Paulina, “She tells us every year that she is gay, and then she doesn’t provide any evidence.”
Towards the end of the film, Paulina finds a girlfriend while each and every character finds their respective closure and peace.
Father Christmas is Back also stars Elizabeth Hurley, John Cleese, and Kelsey Grammer. You can stream it now on Netflix.
- Single All the Way (2021, Michael Mayer) —judgmental relatives, we all have those. To avoid his judgmental and opinionated family’s grilling about his seemingly permanent single status, Peter (played by actor Michael Urie) asks his best friend Nick (played by Philemon Chambers) to come home with him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship.
This film also stars Luke Macfarlane who played the role of James, Max Emerson as Maxisms, Adam Capriolo as Adam Prescott, and Jennifer Coolidge who played the role of Aunt Sandy to name a few. You can watch it on Netflix starting December 2.
- With Love (2021, Gloria Calderón Kellett) — Amazon Prime’s holiday miniseries that consists of five episodes including ones that feature a transgender love story as well as a gay couple.
The show’s official blurb reads:
Each of the five episodes, set during a different holiday throughout the year follows Lily (Emeraude Toubia) on her transition from being newly single to caught in a love triangle with two sexy suitors (Desmond Chiam, Rome Flynn).
Brother to Lily, Jorge Jr. (Mark Indelicato) introduces his new boyfriend Henry (a bisexual Filipino character played by Vincent Rodriguez III) to the family for the first time on Christmas Eve/Nochebuena, and the Diaz’s cousin, Sol Perez (Isis King), balances a potential blossoming relationship with their coworker Dr. Miles Murphy (Todd Grinnell). The patriarchs of the family, Beatriz (Constance Marie) and Jorge Sr. (Benito Martinez) also deal with their own relationship challenges in finding new ways to keep the spark alive in their 50’s.
The Diaz family takes a wild ride through all the highs and lows of life, during some of the most heightened holidays of the year.
You can watch With Love starting this December 17, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.