Let It Snow (2019 film)

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

Let It Snow is an 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. Isabelle Nuru Dayne served as executive producer.[1]

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 as paparazzi 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 and offers lunch at a local diner called Waffle Town. She reluctantly agrees and also saves Stuart from a group of fan girls cheerleaders. She reveals to Stuart she got accepted in Columbia University in New York and her mom is also deathly sick, but if she delays leaving, she’ll lose the scholarship. 

The pair ended up going sledding and meet Julie’s mom, Debbie. They go back to Julie’s house where Stuart is introduced to Julie’s grandpa and they bond over Mick Jagger and everyone dances to one of his songs. During which Debbie throws a coughing fit, causing Julie concern. Stuart offers to get her a nurse for her mom, but Julie sees it as a charity case to which Stuart dismisses, stating he offered it cause he cares about Julie.  The two almost kiss when Stuart’s publicist shows up to take him back to his hotel. Stuart offers for Julie to come with him, but she declines, feeling a need to stay with her mom.

Across town, Waffle Town employee, Dorrie, tries to juggle her best friend, Addie, who’s worried that her boyfriend is going to break up with her and telling a cheerleader she hooked up that she likes her who visits Waffle Town with her friends. She receives a cold response from the girl, Tegan, and Addie makes a scene with her boyfriend in the diner. Dorrie tries to calm her down, but she storms off. Meanwhile, Tobin plans to tell his best friend, Angie, nicknamed The Duke, that he likes her. The two are invited to a party by Duke’s friend, JP, who Tobin sees as competition. The three ended up stealing the keg from the party and ended up in a ditch. They wait for the tow truck in a nearby church where Duke has Tobin play “Whole of the Moon”, but when JB and Duke start dancing together, Tobin leaves. Duke attempts to talk to Tobin about it, who 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 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. Tegan also apologizes and the two begin a relationship. Dorrie and Julie tell each other about their day when Stuart returns, wanting to see Julie again before he left town. The two kiss and make plans to meet in New York when Julie moves to Columbia. Keon’s party ends up a success, despite the DJ not coming anymore 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
  • Kiernan Shipka as the Duke. Her real name is Angie.
  • Mitchell Hope as Tobin, who is secretly in love with his best friend, the Duke.
  • Liv Hewson as Dorrie, an employee at the local Waffle Town with a crush on a cheerleader
  • Anna Akana as Tegan, a cheerleader who frequents Waffle Town and Dorrie's love-interest
  • Odeya Rush as Addie, Dorrie's best friend who is paranoid her boyfriend is going to cheat on her
  • Mason Gooding as Jeb, Addie's boyfriend
  • Jacob Batalon as Keon, Dorrie's co-worker who is hoping to throw a party in their workplace during the snowstorm
  • Joan Cusack as Tin Foil Woman
  • Miles Robbins as Billy, an employee at the Waffle Town
  • Matthew Noszka as JP, the Duke's friend who is in college
  • D'Arcy Carden as Kira, Stuart's publicist

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.[2] In March 2016, Luke Snellin was announced as the film's director.[3] In December 2018, it was announced that film would now be released by Netflix with production by them and is set to begin in 2019.[4] 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.[5]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in February 2019 in Toronto and Millbrook.[6]

Release[edit]

It was released on November 8, 2019.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Let It Snow holds a 78% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.61/10.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 23, 2019). "Isabelle Nuru Dayne's Current Productions". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Ford, Rebecca (September 19, 2014). "Universal Buys YA Short-Story Collection 'Let It Snow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 23, 2016). "John Green's YA Story Collection 'Let It Snow' Gets Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Let It Snow". Backstage. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "#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.
  8. ^ "Let It Snow (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 8, 2019.

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