And that is an amazing thing. Single all the way has all the charm, all the jokes, and all the hot chocolate that any best-selling holiday rom-com has. There happened to be a gay couple in the center, an interracial gay couple there. But the movie never made a Thing out of this, that’s the important thing. No upcoming scenes, no family trauma porn, no homophobia — this is a utopian Christmas movie whose biggest problem is convincing Jennifer Coolidge not to steal all the lines in the children’s holiday contest. Yes, the problems facing gay couples (especially interracial) are real and shouldn’t be ignored — but we also deserve a fantasy Christmas. Single all the way That’s it, and it does a great job of showing that gay relationships are as “normal,” as sweet, yuletide ooey-gooey as straight relationships.
That said, this movie is also gay as hell. That’s what makes it so fun. The puns included— “don’t your gay apparel”, “FOMO-sex” —are bold without ever cringe-y. At one point Kathy Najimy, with her most serious expression, said, “Gay? I know gays”, and I will think about it for the next 40 years. Jennifer Coolidge dressed up as Glinda the Good Witch for no apparent reason. Great gay bar in West Hollywood Flaming Saddles is mentioned (The New York City One is still kicking off, FYI, and I highly recommend going if you’re in town.) When Nick walks into Peter’s room and notices Christmas Carole has gone. take down all his Britney Spears posters, my heart flutters. Behold, pop culture has finally blessed us with Britney Gay. I’ve never felt more seen.
The portfolio of exotic vacation movies is slowly but surely building. Last year gave us Happiest season and Christmas setting, and this year Single all the way join the party. I can’t wait to see it every year — gay costume, after fully learning the aforementioned “My Only Wish (This Year)” choreography.
Single all the way currently streaming on Netflix.
https://www.glamour.com/story/single-all-the-way-netflix-review Single All the Way — Netflix’s Gay Vacation Rom-Com — Is The Best Damn Movie I’ve Seen All Year