Director Jake Horowitz Talks ‘Cup of Cheer’

I recently had the displeasure of being stuck in a place where the only thing on TV was Christmas specials. Yes, before Halloween was even here, a certain channel was running back-to-back festive holiday movies. It was like a weird sort of torture because all of these films had plots that were nearly identical. Think of Mad Libs, but only about someone coming to a small town and discovering either the magic of Christmas or “the perfect man.” Oh, the horror.

Jake Horowitz understands my pain. He, too, noticed the mix and match story elements in these yearly television traditions. Taking a page out of the Zucker brothers book of parody, Mr. Horowitz created a film that pokes fun at all aspects of these films. We spoke with him about the how and the why of this film called Cup of Cheer. Check it out below.

Cup of Cheer will be available on streaming services and free on Tubi November 6th!


Cup of Cheer follows Mary, a big city journalist who heads off to her charming hometown of Snowy Heights to write an article about the town’s world famous Christmas cheer. But upon (literally) running into the grumpy but endearing Chris, the owner of Cup of Cheer, Mary learns that his charming hot cocoa shop is going to be shut down on Christmas Eve. And it’s her ex boyfriend that’s shutting it down. Using her big city smarts and her Christmas cheer, Mary unites the town in an effort to save Cup of Cheer, and to save Christmas.


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