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"The Holiday" Movie Review

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating
User Rating 4 Star Rating (3 Reviews)

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Cameron Diaz and Jude Law star in

Cameron Diaz and Jude Law star in "The Holiday."

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The Bottom Line

There haven't been that many decent romantic comedies with a holiday theme in recent years, so when one comes along that's adorable, entertaining, and requires absolutely no brain power to enjoy, it's tough to pass it up. Directed by Nancy Meyers, The Holiday's a star-studded holiday treat, although it's not without its drawbacks. There's a repetitive feel to the middle section and the set-up is highly improbable, but there's enough fun and frolic to make The Holiday a good choice for romantic comedy fans looking for an alternative to the Oscar-caliber dramas and other more serious end of the year fare.

Pros

  • Cute, fluffy piece of romantic comedy that goes down easy
  • Diaz, Winslet, Law and Black do admirable jobs
  • Even the dog's adorable

Cons

  • The improbable circumstances test our ability to go with the flow

Description

  • Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law
  • The Holiday marks Winslet's first starring role in a true romantic comedy
  • Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language
  • Theatrical Release Date: December 8, 2006

Guide Review - "The Holiday" Movie Review

The Story

How do you get over a horrible relationship? Well, you can drown your sorrows in ice cream and hours of watching lousy television programs. Or, if you have the financial resources, you can do what the leading ladies of The Holiday do: exchange homes with someone you've never met who lives in a city far, far away from the man who killed your desire for romance.

Amanda (Cameron Diaz) lives in an exclusive neighborhood in Los Angeles and owns a hugely successful company that puts together trailers for movies. Iris (Kate Winslet) lives in a small community outside of London and works as a wedding columnist for the Daily Telegraph. Both ladies are fresh out of troubled relationships and heading into the holiday season without much to look forward to.

On impulse, workaholic Amanda decides to get away from it all. An online ad promoting house-swapping catches her eye and after exchanging instant messages with Iris, the two decide to really switch things up by swapping lives for a couple of weeks.

City dweller Amanda's not quite ready for the challenges facing her when she tries to settle into Iris' small country cottage. But Amanda soon finds life a bit more enjoyable when Iris' delicious brother, Graham (Jude Law), stops by to sleep off a night of drinking. Meanwhile Iris has found a couple of men to while away the time with in sunny California. A co-worker (Jack Black) of Amanda's ex catches her eye and turns out to be an engaging conversationalist who's fun to hang out with. She also befriends an elderly gentleman (Eli Wallach) who turns out to be an Academy Award-winning screenwriter.

To Sum It Up

The Holiday is a sweet romantic comedy featuring pretty people, pretty houses, and pretty decent acting. If you're ready for the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy, then The Holiday is just the sweet confection for you.

GRADE: B

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 5 out of 5
Love this movie, Member Maggiegreeneyes

As a fan of Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law, and Cameron Diaz, I think they worked so well in this movie. I love the story and I think Eli Wallach was dynamite as the elderly gentleman who Kate Winslet befriends. Also, Bill Macy from the show Maude plays one of his friends. Very entertaining from start to finish and the two little girls who played Jude Law's girls Sophie and Olivia were adorable. I would recommend this movie to anyone to watch anytime during the year.

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