The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday is a romantic-comedy film written and directed by, “master of the chick-flick genre”, Nancy Meyers.  It stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, with Rufus Sewell, and Eli Wallach.  The story is about two women, one in Los Angelos and the other in England who decide to swap houses for a time over the Christmas holiday.  But their plans go awry when they both fall for a guy in their exchanged homes.  (Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and some strong language)(Running Time: 136 minutes)

I don’t usually watch these romantic comedies, but I gotta say, this one is very good!  Perhaps its because it has a story to it, unlike most of those flicks that focus more on the synopsis than the ups and downs of a real story.  (Awkward pause)  Okay, I’m not making much sense anymore…

Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz do a great job.  Both can achieve that movie “cute” that few female leads accomplish well nowadays.  Both do a great job of playing “cute”, but the two different styles are so distinctive at times!  Watch them closely if you see this movie!

The story is pretty good.  Two gals who decided to swap houses for two weeks to get away from the men in their life only to run into new ones who they almost immediately fall for.  A couple of minor twists, but all for the better.  Nancy Meyers is very familiar with the genre, beginning her successful career in 1980 by writing and producing the very successful Private Benjamin with Goldie Hawn.  After that she launched the endearing Father of the Bribe movies, the remake to The Parent Trap, Mel Gibson’s attempt at chick flicks in What Women Want, and the critically acclaimed Something’s Gotta Give.  Each film has a feel that is reflected somewhere in The Holiday.  –Okay, now I’m digging too deep…

The film was a box office success, grossing over $200 million worldwide on a noticeable $80 million budget (mostly for the high-profile actors and filming locations directly in LA).

All in all, a solid 4 out of 7 stars.

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