“LET IT SNOW”— Christmas and Snow


Christmas and Snow

Amos Lassen

“Let It Snow” follows a group of high school seniors in a Midwestern town where a snowstorm hits on Christmas Eve. They deal with love, loss and friendship through their intertwining stories. This is a mundane, by-the-books comedy with connecting stories that try to be interesting, but the narratives fall flat because of their bland, generic topics and low-stakes situations.

Yet there is a bit of charm that comes from the cast.  Our characters include a teenager desperately in love with his best friend but completely unable to tell her, a lonesome popstar, a young woman about to defer college because of a sick mother, an aspiring DJ, a young waitress with feelings for a customer and an attention-seeking adolescent with a thing for pigs

story plays out just as you would expect from a Christmas Eve based romcom. The characters are deciding where their lives will take them, and each one longs for romance as the snow begins to fall. 

There’s Tobin (Mitchell Hope) who is in love with his best friend Duke (Kiernan Shipka). His best friend Keon (Jacob Batalon) is trying to organize a Christmas Eve party. Julie (Isabela Merced),  is struggling with a decision to go to college. Pop superstar Stuart (Shameik Moore) looks for normality away from his fame. Dorrie (Liv Hewson), can’t understand why the girl she loves ignores her in public, and her best friend Addie (Odeya Rush)  is lost in love. The film never truly allows its characters to fully develop but is a refreshing honesty to lives it aims to portray.  It does well in dovetailing positive LGBTQ relationships into a Christmas romcom aimed at the young adult market.

I am not part of the target audience and I found the stories tp follow the pattern of so many other rom-com stories.

The most positive things in this film are the participating actors. This is a Christmas movie and Christmas films should be about happiness and love. Here corniness drips from it and it is sugar-sweet.