‘Genie’: The Only Christmas Movie You Need This Year


| LAST UPDATE 11/02/2023

By Amelia Taylor
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Love, community, and joy are a powerful trio of emotions that can make any Christmas film memorable. From the pen of Love Actually, writer-director Richard Curtis comes a new holiday comedy with a magical twist: Genie. Premiering on streaming services on November 22, the film stars Melissa McCarthy as Flora, a genie accidentally released from a jewelry box by a despondent man named Bernard (Paapa Essiedu).

Bernard is in dire need of some help. He's missed his daughter's birthday, his wife has left him, and he's just been fired from his job. But when he releases Flora, he discovers she can grant unlimited wishes. Trapped in a box for over 2,000 years, Flora hasn't seen much of the world as we knows it. Jumping at an exciting opportunity, Bernard shows her the world she's been missing. In the process, they develop an unlikely friendship and embark on a journey to help Bernard win back his family's love in time for Christmas. Genie is a heartwarming and hilarious holiday comedy that celebrates the power of Love and friendship. It's sure to put you in the holiday spirit! After all, Christmas is the most magical time of year, and what could be more magical than having a genie to grant your wishes?

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The film also stars Alan Cumming, Denée Benton, Luis Guzmán, Marc Maron, Jordyn McIntosh, Tate Ellington, and LaChanze. It is directed by Sam Boyd, creator of Love Life, and is based on Curtis' 1991 teleplay Bernard and the Genie. Genie is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Riva Marker, and Richard Curtis. Executive producers include star of the film McCarthy, Caroline Jaczko, Nicole King, Stacy O'Neil, Alexandra Loewy, and Sarah-Jane Robinson. 

Entertainment Weekly has released exclusive images of McCarthy in her various costumes, which are breathtaking. In one image, she is wearing a red velvet dress with a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit. In another image, she is wearing a silver sequined jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and a dramatic cape. McCarthy has always been known for her fashion sense, but her costumes in Genie are truly next-level. They are glamorous, festive, and sure to turn heads.

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