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Single All the Way was released on Netflix on December 2, 2021. Its premise follows Peter (Michael Urie) who begs his best friend, Nick (Philemon Chambers) to pose as his boyfriend on a trip to visit his family for Christmas but things don’t go as initially planned.
Like most rom-coms, they follow a formula: predictable and cheesy. This one is formulaic being that it’s cheesy and somewhat predictable. Regardless, if it’s a cheesy rom-com done right, then I’m all for it. This film did it right. It felt like a Hallmark film but in the best way.
The humor is great in this film. There were countless times where I was laughing out loud. Most of those times were courtesy of these legends: Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy. These two provided most of the laughter for me.
Overall, the acting was decent. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t horrible. The chemistry between Peter and Nick was there. It felt authentic and genuine.
I was hesitant at first to watch this film because of the mixed reviews it received but I watched it anyway. I’m happy that I did.
What I truly loved about this film is how it differentiates itself from Hulu’s Happiest Season and other films similar to that. If you have never seen Happiest Season, it’s about Abby (Kristen Stewart) who plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis) and learns that Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative family while on a holiday trip to their house.
I find these storylines so overdone and unnecessary. You can have a storyline like the one in Single All the Way and have intrigue. There was no lying or deceit involved.
This film is genuinely enjoyable and entertaining.
If you’re looking for a cute rom-com to watch this holiday season or any holiday season, I recommend checking this one out!
Single All the Way is available to stream exclusively on Netflix.
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy, Luke MacFarlane
Producer: Joel S. Rice