What You Need To Know:
HOLIDATE is well produced with appealing performances, a solid script, and amusing holiday comedy. However, it has a mixed pagan worldview with some moral elements. The two leads do whatever they want, both sexually and emotionally, but ultimately their antics lead them to realize that love is truly what they want. Also, marriage and family are depicted as important, and there are some positive, but mostly light, Christian references. Sadly, though, HOLIDATE contains lots of strong foul language and strong lewd, immoral behavior. So, it’s inappropriate for media-wise viewers.
HOLIDATE is a romantic comedy about two young adults who want someone to accompany them on dates for the holidays but without the commitment of being anything more than friends. HOLIDATE has a strong mixed pagan worldview with light moral and Christian elements, but it has an unacceptable combination of frequent foul language and lewd immoral behavior.
The woman, Sloane, is “happy” sitting at the children’s table on Christmas Day with her family. Jackson, a pro golfer, thought his Christmas date with Sloane and her parents was “casual,” but they were both kidding themselves. In the first place, Slone’s younger brother gets engaged at Christmas. Meantime, all the while, Slone’s mother makes snide comments about Sloan being the last single child in the family. Sloane’s family also makes fun of the fact that she works from home.
The next day at the mall, Jackson shows up to a department store to return a pair of khaki pants, and Slone is right behind him at the returns counter. After they strike up a deal for their items with the lady behind them, they bond over their horrible Christmas holidays and mutually decide to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion during the upcoming year.
Next, they agree to be one another’s holidate for New Year’s Eve. After New Year’s, the holidaters meet up for Valentine’s Day, Easter, July Fourth, Labor Day, and so forth. However, they start blurring the lines between being casual friends and a romantic couple, and people start noticing.
Things only escalate at Sloane’s brother’s wedding. Should she take Jackson? Is that too much of a commitment, even though the wedding falls on Labor Day and, ergo, could be one of their scheduled holidates? Jackson makes the decision easy for Slone and winds up taking her older aunt as his date, while Slone goes with a doctor her mother wants her to date and hopefully marry.
Awkwardly, Slone and Jackson’s wedding dates wind up having more fun with one another than Jackson and Slone, which ultimately brings them closer together as more than friends. After spending the night together, however, Slone shuts Jackson out of her life. What did he do wrong? he wonders. Only time will tell.
HOLIDATE has great picture quality and a script with a solid timeline that matches the major holidays to help viewers track with the characters’ development. There are some pretty relatable holiday tropes that are classic, which increases the movie’s overall entertainment value. For instance, among the topics covered are ugly Christmas sweaters and feeling weird about being single on Valentine’s Day.
HOLIDATE has a mixed pagan worldview with some moral elements. The two leads do whatever they want, both sexually and emotionally, but ultimately their antics lead them to realize that love is truly what they really want. Also, marriage and family are depicted as important. In addition, there’s a positive comment about the baby Jesus as well as celebrations of both Easter and Christmas. Sadly, however, despite the positive elements, the movie’s pagan worldview contains lots of strong foul language and strong lewd content. This crude combination makes HOLIDATE is an unacceptable romantic comedy that will turn off media-wise viewers.