The Holiday

The Holiday

Nancy Meyers (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Two single women living on opposite sides of the Atlantic agree to exchange houses over the Christmas holidays. In their new surroundings, both women unexpectedly encounter prospective partners, but as the house swap draws to a close, difficult decisions have to be made about their blossoming relationships. Romantic comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law and Eli Wallach.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Nancy Meyers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Dec 2006
Comedy Drama