If it's the last Monday morning in November, it must be Holiday Shopping Time. No matter what end-of-the-year celebration you pick as your favorite, right now, your inbox is filling up with endless emails hawking deals you don't need, your relatives are stressing you out with reminders of deadlines you didn't sign up for, while your other inbox is full of out of office responses from colleagues who left to go on holiday and seemingly never came back. All this and everywhere, everyone is playing Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time." It's just rude. Obviously, what you need to relax is... a Christmas movie.
Listen, I know that sounds weird. But if you look at what's on offer on streaming and broadcast, there are just about so many Christmas-themed romances that somewhere along the way, most people just decided the only way to cope was to embrace the insanity of the season and watch films about people having far worse holiday adventures than they are. Moreover, very few cultures are better at having very bad holiday adventures than British families; with their overly polite behaviors, which they instantly regret, and their instance of not actually saying what they mean so misunderstandings abound.
Amazon's Prime Video hit upon this perfectly with last year's Your Christmas or Mine? Despite minimal marketing, the film did so well despite minimal marketing that it's now releasing Your Christmas or Mine 2. The chances of their being a Your Christmas or Mine 3 are incredibly high since these things tend to spawn trilogies, so again, you might as well give into the insanity of the season and embrace it.
Here’s the movie sequel's synopsis:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … but will it be for James and Hayley? James’ father has invited the Taylors to spend Christmas in a luxury ski resort in the Austrian Alps, so they can meet his new American girlfriend. However, Hayley’s dad Geoff insisted on handling his family’s side of the booking and something clearly got lost in translation. After a mix-up with transport at the airport, the two tribes end up at each other’s accommodations, on different sides of a valley and opposite ends of the Tripadvisor ratings scale. Can Hayley and James' relationship survive another turbulent family Christmas, or has their future together gone off-piste?
Your Christmas or Mine 2 sees the return of stars Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) and Cora Kirk (After Everything) as the central couple, James and Hayley, with Alex Jennings (The Crown) as James’ father, Lord Humphrey Hughes and American actress Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) joining the cast for the new installment sporting a hilariously terrible British accent as Humphrey’s girlfriend. Daniel Mays (Magpie Murders) and Angela Griffin (Harlots) also return as Hayley’s parents, Geoff and Kath. Natalie Gumede (Jekyll & Hyde), Rhea Norwood (Heartstopper), and David Bradley (Doctor Who) round out the cast.
Tom Parry (Ted Lasso) returned to pen the Your Christmas Or Mine 2 script, with director Jim O’Hanlon (Trying) back to direct. The movies are produced by Mighty Pebble Pictures and The Story Collective, with O’Hanlon and Parryas executive producing along with James De Frond, Kris Thykier, and Damian Keogh.
Your Christmas or Mine 2 will premiere on the first night of Hanukkah, Thursday, December 8, 2023, on Amazon’s Prime Video because the holidays are great that way.