This article was published on April 1st, 2021
Netflix has continued to push for a more diverse programming palate with the announcement that Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer is bringing a holiday-themed rom-com to the streamer that centers on gay man. Single All the Way is headed to your account in only a few months and is set to feature pop culture favorites and production team that many of us know and love.
The cast includes Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Philemon Chambers, and Luke MacFarlane as the leads, with supporting roles for Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City), and gay icons Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde, Promising Young Woman) and Kathy Najimy (Veep, Younger).
The plot of the movie is a classic one that we have all seen before, but with a twist:
Peter (Urie) doesn’t want to be judged for being single for yet another Christmas season around his parents, so to avoid the embarrassment, he asks his best friend (Chambers) to come with him to the family gathering and pretend as if they are coupled. Hilarity ensues when Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date with James (MacFarlane), a personal trainer. From there, the plan goes astray slowly but surely.
In a move that fans will love, Peter’s mother is played by none other than gay icon Kathy Najimy, and his wacky aunt by fan favorite Jennifer Coolidge. In a statement for Netflix, Urie stated, “If that isn’t some kinda gay Christmas miracle, I don’t know what is.” Directed by Mayer, who won a Tony for Spring Awakening, the auteur notes that this is one of the few times in his career where he gets to tell a story that occurs after coming out.
More LGBTQ+ Themed Content Coming Your Way
Single All The Way is yet another groundbreaking LGBTQ+ movie that is set to release over the upcoming holiday season and comes off the heels of both Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel announcing their own gay and gay-friendly holiday romantic comedies, including The Christmas Setup and The Christmas House. In addition to these channels, other streaming platforms like Hulu and HBO Max are embracing more queer content, with Dan Levy and Kristen Stewart headlining Happiest Season, a holiday makeover series in a similar vein as Queer Eye, and also a dating competition in which gay men search for their true love before Christmas Day. Single All the Way joins Netflix’s upcoming roster of family friendly movies, including A Castle for Christmas, The Princess Switch 3, and A Boy Called Christmas.