- “Single All the Way,” Netflix’s latest holiday film, has plenty of cliché and awkward moments.
- Peter’s family is overly involved in his love life and pushes him and Nick together.
- Aunt Sandy is rude to the kids during rehearsals, and she makes inappropriate comments to James.
The opening scene of the movie shows Peter at a Christmas-themed ad photoshoot for a shaving-cream brand.
Later in the movie, the shaving-cream photoshoot is repeated with Nick, Peter, and James, who pose awkwardly in random places around town with shaving cream on their faces.
When he’s in his LA apartment, Peter even talks to his plants, which he’s apparently also named.
This alone feels a bit like obvious product placement, but TaskRabbit is mentioned at least five more times throughout the movie.
Multiple plot points even rely on Nick being at a TaskRabbit job, such as him finding out that Peter’s boyfriend is married and him delaying leaving town at the end of the film.
Harold makes a comment about Nick being a gay handyman and asks where he was able to learn the skills.
Although Peter’s parents are very open with their acceptance of their son’s sexuality, it’s pretty uncomfortable to watch Harold assume that gay men aren’t good at manual labor.
Once he arrives home, his mother, Carole, immediately starts talking to him about how everyone wants him to be in a relationship.
Throughout the rest of the movie, Peter’s parents, siblings, and nieces all push him and Nick together and manipulate the two men into situations they think will force them to fall in love.
When Peter checks his phone before his first date with James, previous texts from Lachlan show how aggravating this client really is.
Lachlan had previously texted Peter saying he didn’t have the login information and couldn’t find a photo folder, even though Peter had already sent over both.
Lachlan also individually texts Peter all 38 of the photos in the folder for no apparent reason.
This proves true, as she gives Nick a hard stare when he accidentally just calls her Carole later on.
Her Christmas traditions are mocked by most of the family, including Peter’s sister Lisa, who complains about the family’s gift-wrapping tradition that involves everyone sitting in separate rooms.
Her over-the-top commitment to the simple community show seems like it’s meant to be funny, but all the scenes with her directing are just irritating to watch.
The girls are chastised for dressing “too sexy,” and their younger male cousins are led out of the room to avoid seeing them in these outfits — which aren’t even very revealing.
Peter even makes a cringey “ho ho ho” joke before being recruited to redo their makeup.
Although they purposefully orchestrated these outfits so they could force Peter into having a conversation about his feelings for Nick, the predicted shame they received from the adults in the room was still uncomfortable.
When she sees James in the bar, she immediately goes up to him to tell him he’s handsome and tries to get with him.
Even after Carole comes over to tell Sandy that James is both gay and on a date with her nephew, Sandy makes a comment about people being “into all sorts of things” and stands there until Carole pulls her away from the clearly uncomfortable duo.
Even though Peter barely had a minute to process all of this information before getting whisked away, Nick assumes he’s getting rejected and decides to pack his bags and go home to LA without finishing the conversation.
Luckily a last-minute TaskRabbit job keeps him in town. But it would’ve been a little rude for Nick to leave without giving Peter a chance to respond. It also seems out of character for Nick to ditch Peter’s family during Christmas.