Christmas won’t end on December 25 this year as the trailer for Boxing Day has finally arrived and promises to warm your hearts with all the festive cheer.
The rom-com has been directed by Kidulthood and I May Destroy You actor Aml Ameen and will see Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock make her film debut, while also starring How To Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King.
It follows Melvin (Ameen) as he returns home to London with his new fiancee Lisa (King) to introduce her to the family. However, Lisa’s magical trip to London hits a sour note when they bump into Melvin’s ex-girlfriend Georgia (Pinnock), who happens to be a global superstar singer.
‘We’ve had sex to her music,’ a mortified Lisa tells her fiance after the awkward encounter.
In one tongue-in-cheek scene, an uncle is seen remarking: ‘Who is Mr Hollywood with his American princess? Who does he think he is? Prince Harry?’
However, there’s drama on the horizon as Lisa catches Melvin and Georgia sharing an affectionate embrace. Georgia asks: ‘Do you remember what you said to me when you first asked me out?’ to which Melvin recalled smoothly: ‘Choose me.’
Elsewhere, his mum has problems of her own as she prepares to introduce her new partner to the family, while we also see two youngsters sharing a kiss in the playground.
‘Love, relationships, all a matter of perspectives,’ narrates one character.
There’s also a Love Actually moment with Melvin holding up traffic because he’s begging Lisa for forgiveness via large cue cards.
‘Lisa Dixon, forgive me,’ they read.
It may have melted all our hearts in Love Actually, but Melvin’s friend cynically quips: ‘Bruv, them tings [sic] don’t work no more.’
Boxing Day will prove to be groundbreaking as the first Black British Christmas rom-com.
Speaking about the project, Ameen told Digital Spy: ‘If the world stopped tomorrow and we only had Black British cinema to tell us what Black Brits were like, would it be one particular lens of a particular culture?
‘London is one of the most diverse places on the planet, and showing that was really important to me.
‘I love Love Actually, I love Notting Hill, I love My Best Friend’s Wedding, Crazy Rich Asians and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I wanted to add to those stories, and give my personal adage to a genre I love so much too.’
Boxing Day is out in UK cinemas on December 3.
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