When out and proud college boy Nathan is faced with the prospect of spending the festive season alone courtesy of his cold-hearted parents having exited stage left, free holiday style, he opts to turn the situation around by knocking unannounced on the door of his boyfriend; one Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson. Yet his reaction is not quite what Nathan expected, given Gunn has ditched his rainbow credentials in order to survive life on the seasonal home front.
Only with Gunn's seemingly open-minded and downright quirky parents extending a more than warm welcome to their son's 'roommate,' surely the time has come for Gunn to finally step out of the Christmas closet, before mother Anya has him paired off with girl-next-door Abby. All together now - come on out dear, the coast is queer!
Written and directed by Rob Williams of Long-Term Relationship fame, this unashamedly feelgood romantic comedy has inspite of some clear production drawbacks, a lot going for it, including a neat cameo from Gates (Star Trek: The Next Generation) McFadden as Nathan's not so frosty mother. Only inspite of the spirited work from headliners Adamo (Degrassi: The Next Generation) Ruggiero as Nathan, Keith Jordan as Gunn and Derek Long as his off-the-wall father Sven, it is Kelly Keaton as his mother who electrifyingly steals the show, armed as she is with some of the best lines in the film.
Yet in going for gold, Keaton is up against Hallee Hirsh who shines as fag-hag Abby in a wonderful performance that only adds to the comical tone of the piece. Sure there are more double entendres here than the series of Carry On films and yes, some are often corny, but this is one fun packed feature. For whilst treading more than familiar cinematic ground, Williams' delights in spiking his coming out cocktail with as many laughs as possible, only to deliver a sermon on sexual acceptance in the closing reel. Guaranteed to bring a festive glow to your face; this is one thoroughly entertaining 'have yourself a merry little Christmas' treat! Now just where did I put my baubles?
starring: Keith Jordan, Adamo Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsh, Kelly Keaton, Derek Long, Alison Arngrim, Ian Buchanan, Gates McFadden and featuring Steve Callahan, Wyatt Fenner, Massimo Quagliano, Kevin F Sherry and Jim Wharton