The sequel to the culture-clash romantic comedy, “Your Christmas or Mine 2”, offers little new material.


If you haven’t watched the first Your Christmas or Mine movie, don’t worry. This cheerful romantic comedy sequel on Prime Video has the comforting familiarity of a British TV Christmas special, perfect for watching while arguing over the last Malteser in the Celebrations tub. Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk from Sex Education reprise their roles as James and Hayley, a couple in their final year of university. He comes from an upper-class background, while she is from a working-class family in Huddersfield. In the previous movie, they accidentally spent Christmas apart, with each one celebrating with the other’s family. This year, they are bringing their families together for a holiday on the ski slopes. Laughter, mishaps, and typical culture clashes follow.

The traditional Christmas movie trope is captured as James and Hayley frantically rush to catch their flight at the airport. Waiting for them at the gate is James’s father, a member of the aristocracy (Alex Jennings from The Crown, outshining the rest of the cast), accompanied by his new American girlfriend, Diane (Jane Krakowski, playing a similar self-absorbed socialite as in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Diane is a self-help expert with a bestselling book and a tendency to drop names (“As I mentioned to Elon…”). Each character is portrayed in a caricatured manner: Hayley’s parents (Angela Griffin and Daniel Mays) are down-to-earth northerners, with loud personalities and even bigger hearts (and they’ve packed their matching Christmas sweaters from Tesco in carrier bags).

Unfortunately, there was a comical mistake with the hotel arrangements, causing the Huddersfield team to stay at a luxurious 5-star Alpine resort while the wealthy individuals ended up in a rundown Airbnb with a goat. This led to Diane, the American girlfriend, delivering one of the most memorable lines in the film: “We’re living in the medieval times! What’s on the menu? Bubonic plague.” Other than that, the script lacks flavor and is rather unremarkable. It is easily forgettable.