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In Nancy Meyers' The Holiday, a romantic comedy from the director of Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda's L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).
As a pleasant dose of holiday cheer, The Holiday is a lovable love story with all the Christmas trimmings. In the capable hands of writer-director Nancy Meyers (making her first romantic comedy since Something's Gotta Give), it all begins when two successful yet unhappy women connect through a home-swapping website, and decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday in a mutual effort to forget their man troubles. Iris (Kate Winslet) is a London-based journalist who lives in a picture-postcard cottage in Surrey, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) owns a movie-trailer production company (leading her to cutely imagine most of her life as a "coming attraction") and lives in a posh mansion in Beverly Hills. Iris is heartbroken from unrequited love with a cad of a colleague (Rufus Sewell), and Amanda has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend (Edward Burns), so their home-swapping offers mutual downtime to reassess their love lives. This being a Nancy Meyers movie (where everything is fabulously decorated and romantic wish-fulfillment is virtually guaranteed), Amanda hooks up with Iris's charming brother Graham (Jude Law), and Iris is unexpectedly smitten with Miles (Jack Black), a super-nice film composer on the downside of a failing relationship. --Jeff Shannon
- Commentary by writer/director Nancy Meyers and guests
- "Foreign Exchange: The Making of The Holiday" featurette
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Everyone's acting is up to snuff but the film still came across as mildly entertaining and certainly not on my "Top Ten" list of romantic comedies.
However, there were some special moments that stood out, including:
1. The always watchable Jack Black, with his irreverent wit, playing against type as a pretty decent guy in this film. He can't completely hold in his wild nature, but he is relatively restrained.
2. Eli Wallach. He's a legend and every move of his is thought out.
3. The bonus features, including comments from the crew and cast about making the movie. Kate Winslet admits her fears about trying to be fun, the director talks about the process of making this film, etc. The commentary lends insight into the whole creative enterprise, from start to finish, and would be interesting for budding film enthusiasts to see.
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How can you not like Jude Law & Jack Black?!?!? They are absolutely adorable in this film. Not to mention "Arthur" played by Eli Wallach is an absolute cutie pie. The sound track is actually pretty awesome as well.
The scenery was great with beautiful sets. Music was fun. Script was a tad on the predictable side, but so is comfort food! And the little girls who play Jude Law's daughters were simply priceless. My favorite line in the entire movie was when Jude Law admits to Cameron Diaz that he has a cow in his back yard and he is learning to sew. This was Jude Law at his most likable - just a great fun holiday movie to enjoy over a bowl of popcorn or a cup of hot cocoa.