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"Great girls night in..."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

… but my husband really liked it too! I was actually really suprised at how much I liked this movie. Great parallel story lines and the characters were really engaging. To often you can't get past the actor you see in the tabloids to see the story but this definately wasn't the case with The Holiday. Enjoy!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Awesome movie"
5 stars"
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Really enjoyed this movie. An absolute must see.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Its just super"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Its just a really nice movie, funny and just a good movie.

"What a fantastic movie!!"
5 stars"

Still one of my favourites! love it, love it, love it. If you love romantic comedies you will not be disappointed.

"Fantastic movie"
5 stars"
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I love this movie its so romantic & funny too.

Description

The Holiday is a 2006 American romantic comedy film starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holiday season. Jude Law and Jack Black co-star, with Eli Wallach, Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell supporting.

After bad bouts of man trouble just before the holidays, Amanda Woods (Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Winslet) are desperate for a change of scene. Traveling in opposite directions (Diaz to London, Winslet to Los Angeles), each finds herself alone in an unfamiliar town, but neither remains a stranger in her new surroundings for long. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet join an all-star cast that includes Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Ed Burns and Rufus Sewell in The Holiday, writer-director Nancy Meyers' latest take on the strange ways of love, and the high price of neglecting your own heart.

The Holiday Review

"Funny, Warm and Romantic…In contrast to all the dark and depressing movies ready to hit theaters soon, The Holiday offers a fun, lighthearted romantic comedy that's drawing good comments from both males and females alike.

Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), the bridal columnist for the London Daily Telegraph, has been dating Jasper (Rufus Sewell) who also works for the paper. She’s head over heels in love with him. Imagine her surprise when she learns her next column will feature the engagement announcement he makes at the company holiday party. Only the “bride to be” is not Iris. Meanwhile, across the globe Amanda Woods' (Cameron Diaz) movie-trailer editing business is so successful she can't find time to spend another penny. Amanda has also just discovered that her true love, Ethan (Edward Burns), has been unfaithful.

Both women go into uncontrollable poor-me crying jags at home. Not only are they alone; it's only days until Christmas. With a little trip to the internet, a house swap is soon in order for these strangers. The grass always looks greener on the other side, right? Iris can't imagine what she'll find in Amanda's posh Hollywood home, while Amanda wants to hide in Iris's small, comfy abode in Surrey, England. Amanda's first day in England is spent crying in Iris's bed. She's interrupted when there's a knock on the door and she discovers a good-looking gent standing there. Graham (Jude Law) informs Amanda he's Iris's brother and didn't know she was gone. Either a touch of melancholy about the holiday or simply raw sexual chemistry sends Graham and Amanda into each other's arms and into bed together.

On the other side of the pond, Iris has met a man as well. It’s Amanda's el­derly neighbor Arthur (Eli Wallach). What starts out as a rescue trip when he gets lost jogging, turns into a budding friendship when Iris discovers Arthur was a well-known Hollywood screenwriter who is still as sharp as a tack, but also lonely. Arthur soon has Iris sitting in on card games, cooking for his friends and joining him in outings. Iris also meets Miles (Jack Black) who writes music for Amanda's ex-boyfriend.

Writer/director Nancy Meyers proved she has the romantic-comedy theme down pat in such recent films as Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want, which she directed but didn't write. While some of her earlier work with former partner Charles Shyer was pure formulaic romance, Meyers's current effort is more spontaneous and innovative. It includes highly creative dialogue and compelling characters we can laugh with and pull for.

Diaz and Law display a great chemistry together. Law’s Graham comes across as secretive and intriguing about the women constantly calling his cell phone when he spends the weekend with Amanda. Although Amanda tries to deny it, Diaz makes us see Graham’s mystique drawing her character in even more. Within days of seeing each other, Graham finds himself in place he didn't expect. He couldn't resist Amanda's charms when they first met, but he never figured he wouldn't be unable to walk away from her.

Iris's friendship with Arthur has fueled her self-esteem. He's introduced her to classic movies and heroines such as Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday. Iris is optomistic to opening new doors in her life, which includes her affection for Miles, who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Winslet makes easy work of her transition from the single wreck to the calm woman in charge of her life. Black is his usual funny self in a few scenes but never seems grounded in his character. The seasoned Wallach, who has appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows, is a pleasure to see on the big screen again. Diaz brings her amusing humor and likeable naiveté to her role. Law is terrific as a man on the brink of a big decision and who bears a heavy weight on his shoulder.

The Holiday is about leaving your baggage behind and opening your eyes to what's in front of you and what you're really feeling,” Law said. He's absolutely right! This movie is a welcome package of honest moments wrapped in lots of laughs, merry holiday songs, and snow. I found The Holiday a perfect film to settle into." ReelTalk Reviews

Release date NZ
May 1st, 2007
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Collection
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Character
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
135
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • USA
Genre
  • Comedy
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
5050582483307
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1540756

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