The Holiday

  • 12
  • Nancy Meyers (2006)
  • US
  • 130 min
The Holiday
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet headline this romantic comedy for the festive season. Watching it is like unwrapping an attractively packed gift only to discover it's socks again. Writer/director Nancy Meyers should have observed the advice of her previous film, Something's Gotta Give, and let a few scenes go. She spends far too much time lingering on humdrum episodes, such as Diaz and Winslet emailing each other to arrange a house swap for the holidays. They're both fleeing the fallout of broken relationships, but hopping across the pond inevitably leads both of them to unexpected romance. Diaz and Jude Law make a fairly engaging couple, although sadly the early stages of their relationship are clumsily knitted together, while Winslet and Jack Black remain an awkward pairing throughout. But the film's funny moments are as thinly scattered as the English snow, which mysteriously keeps appearing and disappearing throughout the movie.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Los Angeles workaholic Amanda is in need of a holiday. An online search persuades her to exchange her California home over Christmas for the remote Surrey cottage of journalist Iris, who has just found out her ex is getting married. But the transatlantic swap soon leads to more romantic entanglements for the two women.

Cast and crew

Cast

Amanda
Cameron Diaz
Iris
Kate Winslet
Graham
Jude Law
Miles
Jack Black
Arthur Abbott
Eli Wallach
Ethan
Edward Burns
Jasper
Rufus Sewell
Peter
Nicholas Downs
Sophie
Miffy Englefield
Hannah
Sarah Parish

Crew

Director
Nancy Meyers

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Dec 2006
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Universal Pictures UK
Categories
Comedy
Drama