Holidate is prime pandemic escapism. Fed up with being single on the holidays, strangers Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones, or “holidates,” all year long to escape constant judgment from their meddling families. Treating viewers to a slew of holiday outings and gatherings throughout the Chicagoland area, it doesn’t offer the best depiction of the city (and the two find themselves at a mall all too often), but beggars can’t be choosers. So sit back and soak in the before times scenery and the absurdity of a very predictable will-they-won’t-they, which Roberts and Bracey convincingly sell. An ensemble rom-com that blatantly references better ensemble rom-coms, such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, Holidate is still smart enough to know what it isn’t and highlight what it is: a self-aware and serviceable comfort film to get the holiday season started, one that is well worth the stream.