Netflix's new Christmas movie Let It Snow is low key the Love Actually of 2019.

When the trailer for Let It Snow popped up at the top of my Netflix homepage on Friday night, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much.

You see, I’ve been burnt by many a Netflix Christmas movie before.

From A Christmas Prince and The Holiday Calendar to Christmas Inheritance and, most recently, Holiday In The Wild, there’s a unique kind of defeated frustration that comes after having wasted two hours of your precious weekend on a truly terrible Christmas movie.

In my opinion, Let It Snow is not one of them. In fact, I’d go as far to say it’s low key the Love Actually of 2019.

You can watch the ridiculously wholesome trailer for Let It Snow below. Post continues after video.

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Based on the young adult novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, this original Netflix film tells the story of what happens to a group of high school friends when a snowstorm hits their small town on Christmas Eve.

Much like other holiday ensemble romantic comedies like Love Actually and Valentine’s Day, the movie follows five classic, intertwined teen storylines that ultimately come together at an underage Christmas Eve party at the town’s Waffle House diner.

There’s the childhood best friends Angie and Tobin (played by Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka and Mitchell Hope) who are in love with each other but are too scared to say it, and the Waffle House waiter Dorrie (played by Aussie actor Liv Hewson from Top of the Lake and Santa Clarita Diet) who is secretly seeing popular cheerleader Kerry (Anna Akana) who hasn’t come out yet.

Ah, young love. Tobin and Angie's storyline is a classic teen rom com trope. Image: Netflix.
Julie and Stuart are SO WHOLESOME. Image: Netflix.
This is the Christmas Eve party high school dreams are made of. Image: Netflix.

We also watch Julie (played by Dora The Explorer's Isabela Moner), a scholarship kid tossing up whether to go to college or stay home to look after her sick mum, accidentally meet and then spend Christmas Eve with lonely young pop star Stuart Bale, played by Shameik Moore, the voice of the lead character in the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.


Hollywood actress Joan Cusack narrates the film as the town's tow truck diver known as 'Tin Foil Lady', who picks up and teaches some important life lessons to Addie (played by Dumplin' actress Odeya Rush), who finds herself stranded in the snow after trying to catch out her cheating boyfriend. The thread that ties all of these storylines together is Keon, played by Marvel actor Jacob Batalon, who is obsessed with throwing the ultimate Christmas Eve party.

Yes, there are some plot points throughout this film that don't really make sense. Like why the reason Tin Foil Lady wears tin foil is never explained to the audience, and exactly why Dorrie and Addie want to buy a pet piglet.

What's with the pig? Image: Netflix.

And how come none of the adults in the town seem to care all their kids are drinking beer at a party at the local diner. Oh, and why do all the female characters have names that end in 'e'???

I also have one gripe with the film – it's a bit annoying watching yet another sad female character waste her energy on a cheating boyfriend because we're kind of done with that character trope, yeah?

But that said, Let It Snow is 93 minutes of pure, wholesome, cheesy teen movie goodness. And unlike Love Actually, who some would say is the greatest Christmas movie of all time, it's not problematic at all.

Let It Snow is available to watch now on Netflix.

Have you watched Let It Snow? What did you think? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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