Movie title: Single All the Way
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Lgbtq+, Drama
Initial release: December 2, 2021
Where to watch: Netflix
I made the mistake of reading what this movie is about. Before I continue, well, this is what this movie is about:
“Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship.” IMDb
First criticism, why in the world is that the movie poster? Some of the characters in that poster ain’t that relevant to the actual point of the story.
Anyway, as I said, I read what this movie was about and as usual, I set my expectations a bit too high. Since I liked Happiest Season ( here is the link for my whole review of that movie: Movie Check- Happiest Season) I was expecting that this one would have the same deep emotional thing, or at least give that romantic Christmassy vibes. I was ready for either of those topics. But, this movie didn’t deliver what I was expecting.
Ok, the story of best friend to lover is cliche, but I enjoy watching such cliche. The problem I had with this movie was that the couple in this movie, Peter and Nick, didn’t have any chemistry, even as friends.
I think I as a viewer was supposed to root for Peter and Nick to be together, but watching this, I felt more connected with Peter and that blind date of his named James (Luke Macfarlane). Watching Peter and James go on dates made me more attached to the idea of them together, so I felt sorry for James when the inevitable happened. Since Peter and Nick don’t have any chemistry from the beginning, when they became lovers I just felt meh. Well, I smiled a bit around the end. But that was it.
The drama was well, not that dramatic and the comedy was quite cringey. Everything in this movie felt forced.
Even Peter’s family dynamics felt forced and too over the top to be believable.
I think this movie would be better if they just focused on the fake relationship and the possible effects, negative or positive, on our protagonists’ friendship.
Speaking of that fake relationship, that didn’t exist in this movie because Carole (Kathy Najimy), Peter’s mom, set her son on a blind date, and Nick, instead of sticking along to their “fake relationship”, basically pushed Peter to agree to that date.
I watched this movie for the fake relationship and that idea was gone in the first 14 minutes of the movie. Yes, I checked.
Overall, I didn’t like this movie. I had high hopes but it crashed to the ground. If you’re looking for a simple, Christmas movie, you can go ahead and give this a watch. After all, there are some Christmas vibes in this movie. Just don’t expect that much, story-wise.
That is it for now! I will continue watching Christmas movies and other Christmas feels stuff but I won’t be reviewing it.
Thank you so much for reading!