Let It Snow (2019 film)

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Let It Snow
Let It Snow poster.jpeg
Official poster
Directed byLuke Snellin
Screenplay by
Based onLet It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyJeff Cutter
Edited byEvan Henke
Music byKeegan DeWitt
Production
company
Dylan Clark Productions
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • November 8, 2019 (2019-11-08) (United States & Canada)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Let It Snow is a 2019 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin from a screenplay by Kay Cannon, Victoria Strouse and Laura Solon, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. It was released on November 8, 2019, by Netflix.

Plot[edit]

On Christmas Eve in Laurel, Illinois, Julie Reyes runs into rising pop star Stuart Bale on a train. He mistakes her for a fan when she tries to return his phone to him, to which she takes offense, despite his apologies. After the train is stopped by snowed-over tracks, Julie gets off to walk home, Stuart joins her and offers lunch at a local diner called Waffle Town. She reluctantly agrees and also saves Stuart from a group of fangirl cheerleaders. She reveals to Stuart she got accepted to Columbia and her mom is also deathly sick, but if she delays leaving, she will lose the scholarship.

They go sledding and meet Julie's mother, Debbie. Going to Julie's, Stuart is introduced to her grandpa and they bond over Mick Jagger. Everyone dances to one of his songs. While dancing, Debbie has a coughing fit, causing Julie concern. Stuart offers to get a nurse for her mom, offending Julie. He dismisses her concerns, stating he offered it because he cares about Julie. They almost kiss before Stuart's publicist shows up to take him back to his hotel. Stuart asks Julie to come with him, but she declines, feeling a need to stay with her mother.

Across town, Waffle Town employee Dorrie tries to juggle her best friend, Addie, who is worried that her boyfriend is going to break up with her, and Kerry, a cheerleader Dorrie hooked up with. Kerry visits the diner with her friends and pretends not to know Dorrie; Addie makes a scene with her boyfriend in the diner. Dorrie tries to calm Addie down, but she storms off.

Later, Dorrie and Kerry meet in the bathroom, kissing passionately. Dorrie tells Keon that Kerry will probably be at the party. Meanwhile, Tobin plans to tell his best friend, Angie, 'The Duke', he likes her. They are invited to a party by Duke's friend, JP, who Tobin sees as competition. The three steal the keg from the party, ending up in a ditch. Waiting for the tow truck in a nearby church where Duke has Tobin play "Whole of the Moon", but when JP and Duke start dancing together, Tobin leaves. Duke attempts to talk to Tobin about it, but he brushes her off, angering her.

Tobin's friend, Keon, attempts to arrange a party to impress a big time DJ, but his parents shut down the party attempt at his house and he gets called into work at Waffle Town. His friend and fellow co-worker, Billy, offers Waffle Town as a party spot, provided he get the necessary supplies. Back at home, Julie's mom convinces her to go to Columbia, stating "when life offers you something special, you take it". Everyone ends up at Keon's party after Tobin arrives with the stolen keg. Duke arrives and Tobin confesses his love for her, to which she admits the same.

Addie returns to Waffle Town and apologizes to Dorrie for her rude behavior. Kerry apologizes to Dorrie for being hot and cold, kisses her in the open, and they begin a relationship. Dorrie and Julie are telling each other about their day when Stuart returns, wanting to see Julie again before he leaves town. They kiss and make plans to meet in New York when she's at Columbia. Keon's party ends up a success, despite the DJ not coming, and everyone dances all night long.

Cast[edit]

  • Isabela Merced as Julie Reyes, who has been accepted into Columbia University but isn't sure she can leave her sickly mom to go to college.
  • Shameik Moore as Stuart Bale, a pop star passing through town.
  • Odeya Rush as Addie, Dorrie's best friend who is paranoid her boyfriend is going to cheat on her.
  • Liv Hewson as Dorrie, a waitress at the local Waffle Town. She is unhappy with being ignored by her best friend Addie (who only talks about her boyfriend), and being mocked by Kerry (with whom she has a secret romance) in front of the cheerleaders.
  • Mitchell Hope as Tobin, who is secretly in love with his best friend, Duke.
  • Kiernan Shipka as Angie, though everyone just calls her Duke.
  • Matthew Noszka as JP Lapierre, the athletic and sexy friend of Duke's, who is in college.
  • Jacob Batalon as Keon, Dorrie's co-worker who is hoping to throw a party in their workplace during the snowstorm.
  • Miles Robbins as Billy, an employee at the Waffle Town.
  • Joan Cusack as the mysterious Tin Foil Woman, who advises Addie to have more self-esteem and value her friends.
  • Anna Akana as Kerry, a closeted cheerleader who frequents Waffle Town; Dorrie's love interest.
  • Jon and Jamie Champagne as Chad and Pete Reston, the twins who chase Tobin.
  • D'Arcy Carden as Kira, Stuart's publicist.
  • Andrea de Oliveira as Debbie, Julie's mother.
  • Victor Rivers as Pops, Julie's grandfather.
  • Mason Gooding as Jeb, Addie's boyfriend, who rejects her.
  • Briar Nolet as Lisa, a member of Kerry's friendship group, who laughs at Dorrie.

Production[edit]

In September 2014, Universal optioned the rights to the fix-up novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle.[1] In March 2016, Luke Snellin was announced as the film's director.[2] In December 2018, it was announced that film would be produced and released by Netflix in 2019.[3] In January 2019, Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Shameik Moore and Odeya Rush were announced as leads, with Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack also joining the cast of the film.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in February 2019 in Toronto and Millbrook, Ontario.[5]

Release[edit]

It was released on November 8, 2019.[6]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 81% based on reviews from 27 critics, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Comfortably cliché, Let It Snow wears its influences on its sleeve, but works anyway thanks to an excellent ensemble and just the right amount of holiday cheer."[7] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Noel Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "With its cast of veteran child actors and its baked-in holiday warmth, Let It Snow has some baseline appeal. But like the formulaic Christmas movies that fill the Hallmark Channel this time of year, this film isn’t exactly a timeless classic. It’s more like something to put on in the background, while making cookies or wrapping presents."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ford, Rebecca (September 19, 2014). "Universal Buys YA Short-Story Collection 'Let It Snow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 23, 2016). "John Green's YA Story Collection 'Let It Snow' Gets Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 14, 2018). "Netflix Boards Christmas Rom-Com 'Let It Snow' From 'The Fault In Our Stars' Scribe & 'Planet Of The Apes' Producer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 17, 2019). "Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush & More To Star In Netflix YA Film 'Let It Snow'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Let It Snow". Backstage. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "#LetItSnow, a new movie about a once-in-century snowstorm that hits a small town on Christmas Eve — POSTER". Twitter. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Let It Snow (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "Let It Snow Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Noel Murray (8 November 2019). "Review: 'Let It Snow' quickly fades into holiday background". Los Angeles Times.

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