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Review: ‘A New York Christmas Wedding’ has confusing plot, but gay enough to satisfy viewers

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Due to COVID-19, this Black Friday weekend, instead of going out, I opted for online shopping and watching Christmas movies. But what of Christmas movies with LGBTQ representation? Well, a friend of mine recommended A New York Christmas Wedding. A New York Christmas Wedding (available on Netflix) is about a woman, Jennifer, who is engaged to a man only to meet her guardian angel, Azrael, who takes her into an alternate universe in which she is engaged to her dead childhood friend, Gabrielle, her first love. I will warn you this review will be a bit spoiler-y although major spoilers will be avoided, but the trailer itself is a bit spoiler-y, so if you’re completely against that, don’t watch it. 

Trailer link here: https://www.facebook.com/netflixus/videos/827766001331071

The film was quite confusing at times, for example, there is a point where it is unclear if the film had a pro-life or pro-choice message. Which also begged the question, who was this movie made for? There is also a point where a priest seems to have outed every LGBTQ person in the congregation, and this is portrayed as an inspirational moment. There was some religious homophobia that could potentially be triggering to some viewers, who are already grateful this Thanksgiving to not have to see their homophobic relatives. Also, playing “Oh, Christmas Tree” during the sex scene was an…interesting…choice. 

However, it did make my sapphic heart sing to see Jenny and Gabrielle together as a couple, and although they successfully had me worried for a minute, it does have a happy ending, which is something rare for canonically LGBTQ characters in the media. The protagonist, Jenny, was also afro-latina, so it was good in terms of representation. Let’s face it the bar is low, and A New York Christmas Wedding stepped over it. So, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an LGBTQ Christmas rom-com. Honestly, most Christmas rom-coms do not have the best writing, and if straight people get to have bad Christmas movies we should too. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to writing my LGBTQ Hanukkah rom-com. 

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