Make The Yuletide Gay

6.51 h 28 min200913+
Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his parents. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern hale and hearty parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret.
Rob Williams
Keith JordanAdamo RuggieroHallee Hirsh
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654 global ratings

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K. E. StranskyReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still a Great Movie After all These Years
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I saw this movie when it came out in 2009 and it still holds up as a tear jerker for gays at holiday time when families are involved. Make no mistake, holiday time is brutal time for everyone yet for young gays still in the closet with their families it can be worse. This story tells one version.
This is a feel good movie that shows how it can be yet viewers should remember that it could be a dark story if these boys had been rejected. Rejoice in the good and be there to support those that are hurting.
This is a great movie.
8 people found this helpful
John GReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Christmas movie.
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I liked the entire movie. It was a heartwarming story. I love happy ending films. It brought outright laughter and a warm feeling to my heart. The love the main characters had reminded me of the great love of my partner of 28 years. I lost him at Christmas 2017. It brought me joy to watch and to remember him at the same time. I would like to have had him watch with me. I just recently found the movie. I wish I had found it a little over a year ago.
9 people found this helpful
BookwormReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Totally Unexpected Holiday Treat!
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I was pleasantly surprised at this movie; it was silly, touching, and oddly very satisfying. Oh, by the way, it's funny. Sometimes acidly funny, sometimes screamingly funny, and sometimes just surprisingly funny. Moreover, it's a love story. A Christmas love story. A Gay Christmas love story that, in my opinion, crosses orientation boundaries and could well become a classic. The plot is pretty simple; a gay couple of college students, Gunn and Nathan, are heading home for the holidays. Gunn is going back to his middle-class suburban, albeit slightly off-center, family where he's still solidly in the closet. Nathan's parents are wealthy, socially prominent, and have made holiday plans that do not include their gay son whom they know about, but it just isn't discussed. Faced with being stranded alone over Christmas, Nathan turns up at Gunn's house. That's when the fun starts. Gunn and Nathan try to maintain the "just roommates" façade, while trying to maintain and accept their own relationship and reality. This comedy is a farce, yet it's also quite tender and serious. Gunn faces having to out himself to his family and friends. Nathan learns that "family" is also a matter of choice not just biology. The pace is rapid, but not too fast. The dialogue ranges from groan-inducing innuendo to laugh-out-loud exchanges. And the ending -- well, it's a Christmas Love story. By the time you get to the end, you're engaged with all the characters on their own terms, and it's satisfying, touching, and fit without being saccharine. It's a great movie for the holidays, or to make any day a celebration of life, of choice, and of love.
8 people found this helpful
Gordon R. FlemingReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful movie about gay life, coming out, and Christmas. Well written and acted. A must see.
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Extremely well written gay romantic comedy. It would be wonderful if everyone's parents were like those in this movie. College son returns home for Christmas holiday, planning on finally coming out to his parents. His partners parents bail on him for the holidays, so he decides to join the family celebration, unannounced. A few twists and turns, and many laughing points. This would be a good "educating" movie for GLTBQA Christmas issues. My only complaint is that the audio track for most of the movie is very quiet, so you have to crank it up to hear. The menu loop is very loud, movie starts OK, very loud song at the 7 minute mark, when that concludes, it gets pretty low. Just remember at the end of the movie to turn the volume down, 'cause the menu will blast you out.
6 people found this helpful
Randy E. HalfordReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
As warm & sweet as a Christmas cookie
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From the first time I watched "Make the Yuletide Gay", it became an instant Holiday favorite (or is that Holi-gay??) for me. Writer-director Rob Williams has concocted a confection that's sweet & funny, and as irresistible as the smell of Christmas cookies wafting through the house. Telling a straightforward story of two college-age lovers spending Holiday break apart from one another to visit their respective families, Williams reminds us of why relatives can be harrowing...yet, there's no place like home.
The casting is another factor that really makes this film work. Sweet-natured "Olaf" Gunn (Keith Jordan) & good-hearted Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero from "DeGrassi: The Next Generation") as the young lovers should win Cutest Gay Couple of the Year. The chemistry between their characters is pitch perfect without being forced; they're absolutely adorable. And the two sets of parents could not have been so different: There's Gunn's loopy, jolly Mom (who bakes TONS of goodies during the movie), a transplanted Wisconsin who says "Don'tcha Know" a lot; Sven, the absent-minded, pot-smoking Dad who accidentally flashes Nathan by leaving his robe open; and familiar faces Ian Buchanan (daytime's "General Hospital") & Gates McFadden (of "Star Trek: TNG" fame) as Nathan's cold & self-centered parents. Viewers might be disappointed that the latter parents are absent through most of the film (which is logical, since they leave their own son in a lurch to travel to Jerusalem at the last minute). Thus, Nathan surprises Gunn at his doorstep when his own family plans fall through. This is where the story might have turned into an "Afterschool Special" of melodrama, as Gunn has not told his parents of his true sexuality, let alone that Nathan is more than a roommate. But Williams handles the subplot deftly, and doesn't overplay it, even during a front lawn argument between the two. He keeps the film light & airy while slyly tossing out snickering double entendres that either startle its characters or fly right over their heads.
Also of note is "Little House on the Prairie's" Alison Arngrim (remember nasty little Nellie?) as a trampy, abrasive neighbor who is the nemesis of Gunn's Mom.
In short, whether you're gay or straight, you'll most likely enjoy this small Holiday goodie. It's a real crowd pleaser!
4 people found this helpful
Good ReviewsReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good December/January movie, gay-oriented
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Main actor Keith Jordan is talented and attractive too, reminding me of a younger Jake Gyllenhaal, probably not a coincidence. His co-star and love interest in the movie, Adamo Ruggiero, is convicing enough and cute. Hallee Hirsh plays the nice-girl-gone-wild/confidant next-door neighbor very well. I don't know these three but will watch for them going forward. Sets are OK after the beginning, sound is good, lighting good, editing good, but script and especially directing and/or acting on the part of the parents leaves us often in disbelief. The central character's mom, played by Kelly Keaton, is supposed to be over the top, but it's often too much and distracts from the movie. The dad, played by Derek Long, is even worse, with inconsistent character behavior that again goes well beyond the intended fragmented behavior the dad is supposed to exhibit (case in point: dad can't open his eyes in his first scene without the use of eyeglasses, but later is walking downtown streets and looking at people with normal vision sans eyeglasses) Oh, it was really great to see Gates McFadden, but too bad she had such very quick and rather minor cameo appearances. In the version I bought, however, she had the closing scene.
OK, enough of the criticism. This is still a touching film and if you can handle the slightly less than Grade A, I recommend it.
Ah, interesting, I see IMDB mentions a sequel coming out in 2012. Same main three actors, set one year later. Gotta check it out!
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JoeyReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Make the Yuletide Gay by getting this movie!
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"Making the Yuletide Gay" is a movie purchase that you will not be disappointed with. This movie is funny, heart warming, and a homerun from director Rob Williams. I walked away from this film with absolutely no suggestions on how it could have been better. From casting, the set, to the story line this film could not have been better made or written by any means. The characters are infectious and their delivery helps make the movie appealing and relatable to any audience. Keith Jordan, "Gunn", takes the lead role as a gay college student who has yet to come out to his family and friends back home but is openly gay and in a serious relationship at college. Adamo Ruggiero(Degrassi: The Next Generation), "Nathan", plays Jordan's roommate and boyfriend at college who is open and out about his sexuality and is unaware of Jordan's closeted life back home until he unexpectedly comes to spend the Christmas holiday with Jordan & his family. That fact ignites the plot and theme of the film in where we see the struggles and fears that Jordan faces in coming out to his family and friends & announcing that Ruggiero is not only his roommate but his boyfriend. Other unforgettable characters include Jordan's parents played by Kelly Keaton and Derek Long. Keaton plays the oblivious bubbly Mother who is so infatuated with her only son and the Christmas holiday. Her laugh and performance are worth the purchase of this film alone! I dare anyone not to fall in love and laugh along with her stellar performance. She deserves a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Award no questions asked! Derek Long plays the stoner father who is always too high to remember where his is going and why which will no doubtedly bring you laughter throughout the film as well. Although most of the actors in this film will not be recognized as mainstream players, you will see several supporting actor roles from mainstream television series like the Brady Bunch, E.R., and Star Trek. Whether you are gay, you have a family member or friend who is gay, or you are straight you will enjoy this holiday movie which explores the heartaches, difficulties, and fears of coming out as well as relationships through drama and humor. Making the Yuletide Gay is a must see film for every Christmas holiday season or anytime throughout the year!
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Lavoris L'OrealReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Upbeat and Well-Meaning, But Not Well-Written
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I like movies with positive endings, and I will give this film that. Plus the two main actors were cute and carried off their parts well enough. But there was not a lot of dramatic tension, jokes often fell flat, and some of the lesser parts were not well played. It was OK, but it didn't always keep my attention.
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