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Hot Mess Holiday

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Diwali holiday romp has alcohol, language, and a few laughs.

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Though there are break out moments in Hot Mess Holiday, most of the funny beats don't have the flow that more subtle performances boast (see: Insecure). Some heartwarming inside jokes are worth a laugh (a spelling bee champion has nerd street-cred among young Indian-American kids who bug him for a selfie), and the cultural family ties-that-bind provide a fun tension for these modern Indian-American women. But the writing feels heavy-handed at times, and the drinking feels a little obligatory.

That said, it's great to see Diwali getting some screen time between the Judeo-Christian holiday programming. Though this show doesn't have the legs to break barriers, it is a festive and fun attempt. It's too edgy for younger teens, but older teens will get a kick out of the friendship themes. Adults might smile at some of the over-the-top spoofs (Ravi Patel kills as a hippie), and the solid representation of Indian-American culture is a welcome holiday treat.

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