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5 reviews, 28 user ratings

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Holiday, The
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by U.J. Lessing

"Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Boy. Boys and Girls Wear Sweaters."
3 stars

A romantic comedy is only as strong as its leads, and “The Holiday” is chocked full of likeable ones. Jack Black, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet all owe their success to portraying the types of people the audience would like to befriend, so it's no surprise that this film has plenty of charm that more than compensates for its lack of depth and plausibility.

The yarn begins with two women attempting to escape the types of bad relationships that only Hollywood could dream up. Successful Amanda (Cameron Diaz), a movie trailer producer, is throwing out her long-time boyfriend for cheating with his secretary. (One wonders if the secretaries of the world resent the movie industry for portraying them as married men’s folly). Simultaneously, in England, Iris (Kate Winslet) discovers that her boyfriend (Rufus Sewell doing his best impersonation of some sort of lizard) is engaged to another woman.

The two women meet up on the Internet, and decide to exchange homes for Christmas in an attempt to get away from it all. Iris moves into Amanda’s LA mansion, complete with a swimming pool, massive DVD collection (that includes the only purchased copy of “Gigli”--look hard for it people, it’s there), and the romantic Santa Ana winds that blow whenever Iris feels romantic. In exchange, Amanda gets to live in Iris’s life-affirming English cottage that apparently was designed by Thomas Kinkade.

Both women take up simple hobbies. Amanda decides to pass the time in England by slipping in the snow and bumping her head on the cottage’s low ceilings. Iris befriends an old Jewish screenwriter (Eli Wallach) and makes his life better in exchange for stories about how he added the ‘kid’ part to ‘Here’s Looking at you, kid’ in “Casablanca.” Wallach takes this nothing role and makes the audience pine for his screen time.

Since this is a holiday romance, both women are destined for happiness. Iris meets Miles (Jack Black) a loveable composer, and although he’s dating someone else, his girlfriend cheats on him, so she exits the film pretty quickly. (Look for Black’s doe-eyed sequence when he discovers her indiscretion.)

Meanwhile Amanda meets Iris’s brother Graham (Jude Law), who on the surface appears to be the same guy Law played in “Alfie,” but when she peels back his layers it turns out he’s the most perfect uber-male on the planet.

Because everyone is rich and in love, you can see the happy ending coming a mile away, but with a film like this, it’s the journey that’s important and not the destination. Writer and director Nancy Meyers keeps things from getting too syrupy, and brings out the natural charm of everyone involved. At 2 hours and 18 minutes, the running time is a bit long, but watching a film like this is like eating hot oatmeal: a pleasant and benign experience.

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User Comments

7/20/10 Monday Morning Sophomoric writing, way too cute, predictable characters, way long. Otherwise great! 2 stars
10/23/09 Rachel Definitely a chick flick that leaves you wanting more. 4 stars
6/06/09 the dork knight Diaz's worthless character can't suppress Kate Winslet, luckily 3 stars
1/26/09 chloe i know how iris feels and the old man is so cute its the best :D 5 stars
1/10/09 Anonymous. a good chick flick for when you're feeling bored and/or depressed. :] 4 stars
10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Not the greatest, but not the worst film either. 3 stars
7/16/08 Reza Tayebi Waste of time. 1 stars
3/03/08 ladavies I never in a million years expected to like this...but I could watch it over and over again 5 stars
2/18/08 Tyler I love this movie! it's my favorite chick flick 5 stars
11/24/07 Anonymous This movie is the best ever. It should win atleast 10 oscars 5 stars
8/28/07 johnnyfog One more movie about rich white yuppies with no actual problems. 2 stars
7/18/07 Janie I LOVED IT ! ! ! ! So did my family ! ! We bought it and watch it all the time ! ! 5 stars
6/12/07 Taylor Fladgate Ah C'mon folks, this is a top notch chick flick. Love it for what it is!!! 4 stars
5/11/07 Rinlee I hate your review. This movie was sweet and romantic. I loved it. 5 stars
2/18/07 Gretchen Wieners Cameron Diaz's character too mean at start. Why isn't Eli Wallach Oscar nominated? 3 stars
1/15/07 brenda I enjoyed it. A girl thing! 4 stars
1/14/07 Rebecca I was waiting for something great to happen and it never did 3 stars
1/02/07 cody a darn good movie with good acting and moving story. 4 stars
1/01/07 Sarah Good cast doing best they could with rubbish material. Hated it. 2 stars
12/23/06 Liz Delete 30 minutes of the worst scenes (esp. Diaz' running), maybe I'll give it some credit. 2 stars
12/22/06 Luisa Love Kate, Jack and Eli..Cameron needs acting lessons..ran too long 3 stars
12/17/06 dominique good holiday movie! you will shed a tear 4 stars
12/15/06 stacey whats with the review i thought it was fab!! 5 stars
12/13/06 jdean62 I enjoyed... the best movie i saw this past weekend lol Loved Kate WInslet ! 4 stars
12/12/06 Tiffany Loved it. It was great 4 stars
12/11/06 Wendy Straw Very enjoyable!! 4 stars
12/10/06 Melissa So awesome, and relatable to everyone 5 stars
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  08-Dec-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 13-Mar-2007



Directed by
  Nancy Meyers

Written by
  Nancy Meyers

  Cameron Diaz
  Kate Winslet
  Jude Law
  Jack Black
  Eli Wallach
  Edward Burns

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