Spoilers ahead! Some viewers were outraged by where Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis's relationship ended in the film. DuVall thinks that's okay.
Clea DuVall's queer romantic Christmas comedy "Happiest Season" debuted on Thanksgiving weekend with divisive reactions. While some viewers loved the LGBTQ version of writer / director DuVall's Christmas movie, others were dissatisfied with where characters Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis) ended up at the end of the film. Spoilers ahead for the movie.
While Harper's struggle to get to her parents (played by Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen) strains her relationship with secret friend Abby, they ultimately stay together at the end of the film. Clea DuVall explained this creative decision to Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview.
"It goes without saying that sometimes you have to go deep to get back up. And I understand the impulse to just cut and run and go to hell with it. But I really believe that people can get better too, People can grow, and people can change. They can realize that their behavior may not be as good as they know it and that they are making a conscious effort to change it, "she said.
"I've been with Harper for four years – I feel like I understand her and I love her so much. And I think she's worth it. I want what's best for all of the characters in the film. And I think "The message that you can screw it up and that you can do the job and get better is really important. And be kind to yourself and have compassion. Because I think compassion is in short supply."
DuVall also responded to fan requests that Abby end up with Riley, Harper's ex-girlfriend, played by Aubrey Plaza, with whom Kristen Stewart has an obvious and successful chemistry.
“Do you want Abby to be with Riley or do you want to be with Riley? I mean, it can be both, ”said DuVall. "She's generally amazing and she was so amazing in that movie … It's so rewarding to be able to make a movie and make someone I love and admire as much as I love and admire Aubrey – and then see how people fall in love with her – is so rewarding. I don't blame her for loving her as much as she does. And I also think it's so cool to have a movie where people have these conversations and these debates. That the people are engaged. "
IndieWire recently interviewed DuVall about the film and Aubrey Plaza about "Happiest Season" and its final twist on "Black Bear".