Merry and Gay is a cute, lighthearted holiday film that’s definitely worth watching. It’s a little cheesy at times, and the characters don’t always feel well-developed, but the story is worth your time. Plus, it’s great to see more movies starring openly gay and non-binary people.
It’s Christmas in Evergreen, and Broadway star Becca (Dia Frampton) is back in town for the holidays. She wants nothing more than to continue her successful career in New York, but she can’t ignore the tug of family duty. When two meddling mothers hatch a plan to reunite their daughters’ high school sweethearts, Becca is forced to choose between her career and the love of her life.
This romcom is charmingly low-budget, with cute story elements, the adorable on-screen chemistry of stars Frampton and Christensen, and cute original songs that are sure to get stuck in your head. It doesn’t have the deep subtext of other Hallmark films, but it’s a fun way to spend your time at home.
What sets Merry and Gay apart is the small town setting that feels monumental in a way that’s rarely replicated in mainstream movies. The parents in this movie are refreshingly non-vilified, a welcome change from the many LGBT films where they are often portrayed as the overbearing and unaccepting antagonists. It’s also refreshing to see the town of Evergreen rally around Becca and Sam, a testament to the power of community support. Merry and Gay is a fun and frothy holiday movie with an adorable on-screen couple and some nice performances from the supporting cast.