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The Holiday

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Nancy Meyers
  • 130 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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AmandaCameron Diaz
IrisKate Winslet
GrahamJude Law
MilesJack Black
Arthur AbbottEli Wallach
EthanEdward Burns
JasperRufus Sewell
PeterNicholas Downs
SophieMiffy Englefield
HannahSarah Parish

Crew

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DirectorNancy Meyers

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-12-08
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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