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The Holiday is a great romantic comedy set in two locations; Surrey, England and L.A, USA. When Amanda (Cameron Diaz) breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, she decides she needs to get away from it all so she searches online for ''vaction hotspots''. While trawling through the internet, she comes across a House Exchange, where she meets Iris, a writer for the Times who also wants to get away from it all. The two decide to swap houses for two weeks, so Iris jets off to L.A while Amanda is stuck in Snowy Surrey (albeit fake snow, and rather recognisable fake snow at that). The film is full of laughs, and all the actors involved put up a good performance. Despite half the movie being set in the snow, it manages to help you forget about your own snow trouble you''re currently suffering through. For me personally though, I would have loved to have seen a movie just about Iris'' time in L.A. All in all a definite must have in your movie collection.
The Holiday was released in 2006
Running Time:- 138 Minutess
Starring:- Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet Jude Law and Jack Black
Iris (Winslet) and Amanda (Diaz) two initially different women swap houses for the Christmas period for the exact same reason to escape from MEN! Both escaping their reality and heading to different countries. But is two weeks enough? Well for Amanda a couple of hours is enough, The busy body LA Movie trailer maker wants to leave the quiet little cottage in Surrey and go home to her mansion in LA. That is until she meets Graham (Law) who happens to be Iris's very attractive brother.
Iris on the other hand loves the exchange and meets a very charming 90 year old gentleman who helps her gain her self esteem back. She also meets Miles (Black) who is also having his own relationship troubles.
Who would have thought the reason they both left their homes, is the exact reason they want to stay in their new destination. With both women falling in Love after leaving their home towns because of men treating them badly it's no surprise when they meet the right men they would fall instantly in love.
This movie is one of my all time favourites.
It's my cheer up chick flick. No matter what the situation this movie will have me smiling again in minutes. All the acting within this film is exceptional good; this film was cast to perfection. with funny Jack Black making light jokes and heart throb Jude Law there really is no room for complaints. Although the plot is predictable from the start it's written in a way that it doesn't matter. Generally I would say that this film is more suited to females but I sat and watched this with my partner and he also enjoyed it.
Iris is a lovely successful English woman who is suffering unrequited love. Amanda is a successful American who has just split from her cheating boyfriend. Both women need to escape for the Christmas holidays from their terrible love lives and decide to swap homes for the period. Iris feels rejuvenated in America, basking in Amandas luxurious home and neighbourhood. Amanda feeles even more isolated in cold snowy England. Both women meet the people in the other ones lives and friendship and more happens. Iris discovers she no longer loves her cad collegue who has been stringing her along for years and gains a new lease of life and perspective. Amanda finds a soulmate and learns how to cry again.
This is a lovely film that many can identify with the stories within it, add in a little humour and eye candy to make it extremely watchable. Heartwarming and emotional, with the added bonus of being set at Christmastime to give it that extra sparkle. I bought mine recently at Homebase for a massive bargain of £2.99 where all films christmassy were on offer!
As Christmas approaches I dig out my selection of Christmas Films to get me in the festive spirit and The Holiday is a relativly new eddition compared to the classics such as 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'White Christmas'.
The film was released in 2007 and I eagerly went to the cinema with my sister to watch it. I love Cameron Diaz and Jude Law so I knew I would enjoy it.
The storys begins with Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameran Diaz) feeling heartbroken at Christmas. Both need a holiday in Amanda stumbles upon a home exchange programme and picks Iris cute Cotswold Cottage. They agree to sway houses for 2 weeks with Amanda jetting to England and Iris finding out Amanda's pad is in LA.
The story unfolds as the Amanda falls for the charms if Iris' brother Graham (Jude Law) and romance follws. Meanwhile Iris has come to the aid of retired MGM director Arthur Abbot (Eli Wallach) who is struggling to cope on his own. The character of Miles (Jack Black) is brought in as he becomes friends with Iris.
The characters are all loveable and develop deeper as the story continues. The pairing of Amanda and Graham is so funny, and their comedic lines are laugh out loud. The Iris and Miles relationship is a little less believable as you struggle to cope with Jack Black in a more serious role. I think that a different actor could have brought much more to the role, but once you see the film its hard to place anyone else as Miles.
The story is nice and easy to follow, if a bit too predictable. But its setting at Christmas makes it warm and fuzzy and ideal to watch with the Christmas Tree lights on and a roaring fire!
Two women, fed up with their lives, agree to swap houses over the Christmas period. One lives in a small, old, cottage in surrey, while the other has a luxurious Californian mansion. While on their holidays they both meet people who change their perspectives on life and make big impacts on them.
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play the leading ladies, while Jack Black and Jude Law are the main men in this film. I think it's the first film in which I've seen Jack Black playing someone half normal, which is a refreshing change.
This is quite a slow moving film, and I think it could have the marmite effect on some people. It's a cosy type film that I would snuggle up in my Pjs and watch, but it's not the type of film that you would watch over and over because I think it would get old. As rom-coms go, I think there are better, but this is worth a watch if you are particularly fond of any of the cast or if you liked other Nancy Meyers films (What women want, Something's gotta give, It's Complicated, to name a few). The acting is good and some parts of this film are quite sweet, but only enough to get it three stars from me.
The majority of the music on the film was written by Hans Zimmer, some on his own and a few where he collaborates. Perhaps I'm not appreciating it, but I didn't think the soundtrack was particularly great.
This film has a 12 rating
Running time is 136 minutes
Currently available for £3.69 on Amazon
I'm about as far away from being a film buff as it is possible to be, only going to the cinema once or twice a year, but if I do catch up with a DVD my preference will always be to watch a chick flick genre of film. While visiting my grandparents I saw that my very trendy 89 year old grandmother had this DVD on her shelf and as it looked like a good chick flick, with a News of the World quote on the box saying 'Bridget Jones's Diary without the Big Knickers!', I asked if I could borrow it. My 16 year old daughter had been taking exams so I thought that it would make a good film for us to relax and watch together as she unwound after weeks of study.
So, on the night of the last of a block of ten exams, and with her younger sister dispatched to a sleepover, we settled down with a bar of Cadbury's dairy milk and 'The Holiday'. My husband even managed to remain in the room too and watched; although not his first choice of film he obviously didn't find it too off putting.
The film is set equally in Surrey, England and Los Angeles in two startlingly different but beautiful settings. Firstly we meet Iris, acted by Kate Winslet, who works in journalism and lives in a beautiful old stone cottage in Surrey. It looks like a typical child like drawing of a house with two windows up and two down and a pretty central front door, decorated in this case with a holly wreath, as the film is romantically set at Christmas time. It looks so picturesque with a cottage garden exiting through a picket fence onto snowy fields that overlook a quaint church spire in one of the prettiest of English villages.
Iris's opposite number is Amanda played by Cameron Diaz who is a successful owner of a company that make trailers for movies. Amanda lives in a huge white painted LA mansion with pool and plentiful gadgets.
Both actresses portray really believable characters as they each deal with the pain of a broken or unrequited relationship, although I have to admit feeling more drawn to the character played by Diaz and her storyline. Iris and Amanda both feel the need to escape from their romantic situations which have each reached a point of catastrophic failure and Iris places an ad for her idyllic cottage on a house swap website. Sitting at her desk, overwhelmed with emotion and searching for a holiday destination, Amanda spots the quintessentially English photograph of the snow surrounded cottage and replies immediately. The next day sees the two girls crossing the Atlantic, one in style, one maybe in not such luxurious of circumstance and beginning their two week vacations in these houses that are a world apart.
I loved watching the reactions of Iris and Amanda as they discover the delights of their holiday homes and surroundings. Quite a bit of humour comes into this part of the film as they respond in such different ways to the cosy winter scene and the sunny luxurious settings.
This film has a real feel good warmth to it and I anticipated from the outset that it would involve boy meets girl situations. I hoped that like most of this type of film that there would be a fairytale like happy ever after ending. I don't think that it will spoil anything to say that they each encounter one or two male companions, most notably Graham played by Jude Law, who is Iris's brother, and Miles played by Jack Black, but other than to say that the majority of the storyline revolves around the antics of these four main characters over their two week vacation, I will not say any more.
The soundtrack also adds to the cosy nature of this film. Quite often a Christmas track will be playing in the background and a little bit of 'Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas' or 'Santa Baby' is guaranteed to leave me with a warm feeling of positive expectation. It is a perfect film to watch on a cold winters evening with the curtains closed and even better still with a log fire roaring in the grate.
All in all this was just the type of film that I had anticipated that it would be and I agree that it has a similar feel, although a quite different plot, to the Bridget Jones films. Rarely do I watch an entire film; I'm a bit of a fidget and usually become distracted and end up doing a bit of scrapbooking or a jigsaw puzzle and losing the plot. With this film however, I remained lying on the sofa for the full 2 hours and 10 minutes running time without any thoughts of amusing myself with other hobbies. This is definitely something of a rarity and must be evidence of the quality of this film. My daughter also thoroughly enjoyed it and I know that my grandmother did too, so it has a very broad age range of appeal - 16 right through to 89+. My husband has failed to comment on its appeal for a 40 something year old male! It has an age 12 rating and I think that my 12 year old daughter would have enjoyed it too. It does include the odd swear word, but there are no explicit sex scenes and no violence so I think that I would be happy to let her watch it if she wanted to in the future.
The film was released in 2007, so is getting on a bit now but I think that it still retains appeal and is a film that could be watched many times over. New copies are available from Amazon for £2.99 or used copies from just 11p or if you're feeling the need of an even bigger burst of chick flick watching it is available as a dual DVD with Love Actually for £5.00 or with Bridget Jones Diary and Bridget Jones, the Edge of reason for £7.93. These seem pretty good combinations of well matched films - a perfect girls night in with friends! You can also catch it on ITV 1 this Christmas at 10.15 on Friday 30th December.
This film is 'the Holiday' and it came out in 2006. When I saw the trailers for this I really wanted to watch it. As where I lived didnt have a cinema I waited until it came out on dvd. The thing that made me want it the most was the line up of stars in this film. When a film has lots of good actors and actresses it has to be good... right? This is a love story, rom com. Its funny, sad at times and happy!!
This film is about two single women (Iris and Amanda, played by Kate Kinslet and Cameron Diaz) who want to get away from men! (Understandably). So these strangers deside to swap homes for two weeks. Like a 'holiday'. Iris lives in Surrey and Amanda lives in LA. Wanting to get away from men they end up finding love where they least for they would find it.
As I said this film has an amazing line up. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Jack Black brings the humour to the movie, he has some funny moments in this film. Jude Law brings the 'looks'. Kate Winslet brings the class!! And Cameron Diaz brings the lovable american. They all act really great in this. They keep in character at all times. Although I really enjoyed this film, at times it could be a bit boring and slow. They was also some grippings parts and you just hang on to know how things end up. At times this film was sad, and at times it was funny. All round it was definitely enjoyable!
"You know Graham, I just broke up with someone and considering you just showed up and you're insanely good-looking and probably won't remember me anyway... I'm thinking we should have sex... If you want" quote from Amanda to Graham (Jude Law). This is before they fall head over heels for each other.
I have seen this film a number of times and I'm sure I'll watch it again. Apart from it being a tad bit long its definitely a good movie. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a true 'love story'.
This is really cheap. About £3 brand new and much cheaper used! Buy it and watch it! Must see for all you lovers of love ;-)
The Holiday was released in 2006. It runs for 138mins and is rated 12. The film was directed and written by Nancy Myers.
The Holiday sees two women having men problems. These are very different women. Amanda is a successful movie trailer maker and lives the high life in LA. She has split up with her boyfriend and is struggling to take time out. Iris is a columnist who stays in a little cottage in the English countryside. An infatuation with a colleague who is marrying another women, leaves her heartbroken.
Advertising her home on the internet for a swap, Iris is contacted by Amanda and they decide to swap homes for the Chrismas vacation. Amanda meets Iris brother Graham whilst Iris meets one of Amandas friends, Miles. Will love blossom and can the ladies be happy again - or will the holiday be ruined?
The main cast of the Holiday is focussed around 4 people.
*Amanda Woods - Cameron Diaz
*Iris Simpkins - Kate Winslet
*Graham - Jude Law
*Miles - Jack Black
***DVD Availability and Price***
The DVD itself comes presented with no extras. There is the option to select a language or subtitles and select certain scenes to watch. The DVD can be purchased online or in stores such as Asda. Current prices are as follows :
www.amazon.co.uk - from 1p used or from £1.13 new
www.play.com - a 2disc special edition is available for £3.99 new
I first watched The Holiday on the television and it fast became one of my favourite films. I love Christmas based films and although this is set at Christmas, it has some jolly Xmas music and some snow but thats about it!. I was keen to watch this due to the 4 main characters being well known and basically good at what they do. I purchased my DVD from a local store for only £3.00 a few months ago. It has been well watched since then and I have watched it again tonight.
***Initial Thoughts On The Plot***
The plot is a an interesting one. The idea of swapping homes with a stranger for 2weeks is crazy especially given that you are at different ends of the world! Really this would only be an option if you had no family responsibilities so no matter how tough life gets, I would never have the chance to do this. What is even more interesting is seeing how much Amanda and Iris need to adapt to the surroundings..one lives in a mansion whereas the other lives in a tiny cottage in the middle of no where.
Relationships fall apart..people grow apart and meet other people..its what happens in real life and this is portrayed well in the film. It starts off at a slow pace with not much happening except Amanda and Iris trying to adapt. It isn't an all action film, its quite calm and nothing is rushed. We get to see the characters develop alone and meeting their new potential partners proves interesting as the relationships can be seen as they develop.
The characters change as the film goes on. I feel that the women swap personalities at some point which is rather interesting. The different accents in the film confused me at first as we were hearing all English or American then a mix of both. It takes a while to pick it up. There isn't much in the way of special effects as they is no need to have any in this type of film.
The scenery used within the film is attractive. From the sunny poolside of the LA mansion to the snow doused trees surround the English cottage, it is all life like down to the last duvet or kettle used. I feel that I can place myself there and be content with my surroundings.
The Holiday offers laughs, romance, heartbreak and fantastic scenery. It is a film that is easy to watch alone snuggled under a duvet yourself as its a bit cheesy! The acting is smooth and I really couldn't have slotted any other actors into the roles. Jack Black seems an odd choice but it works very well. Iris comes across as being quite dainty and Amanda mellows through spending time with Graham so its brilliant character developement.
In terms of other films, this is very much up there with the likes of Love Actually and Bridget Jones which are coincidently, 2 of my other favourite films.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Holiday and thank you for reading :)
I first saw "The Holiday" one Christmas with a girlfriend and her family and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This may have been helped by going into it with low expectations, as I'm not really a romantic film type of person, but everyone watching seemed to enjoy it. Recently, I had the chance to see it again and it's still an enjoyable film, although it doesn't work quite so well out of context.
"The Holiday" follows five people who are single, or about to be, around Christmas. Iris Simpkins is in love with a man who has just announced his engagement to someone else. On the other side of the Atlantic, Amanda Woods has just broken up with her boyfriend - and possibly just broken up his nose in the process. Desperate to get away from their own situations, the two agree to swap houses for two weeks, so Amanda moves to Iris' cottage in Surrey and Iris goes to stay in Los Angeles.
Shortly after arriving in L. A., Iris meets Miles, a colleague of Amanda's ex boyfriend Ethan. He's dating a young actress named Maggie, although he's soon to find out that she's not as into him as he thinks she is. In the meanwhile, iris' brother Graham knocks on the door of her cottage to find Amanda there and a night of passion swiftly happens, which threatens to turn into something a little more complicated than a one night stand. Also in L. A., Iris meets Arthur, a retired screenwriter and Amanda's next door neighbour and a close friendship develops with Iris pushing Arthur to achieve more than he thought possible at his advanced age.
The story focuses on the relationships between the characters and it's quite a sweet little story. Admittedly, it's relatively predictable at points, but that doesn't take the edge off how lovely the whole thing is. What I thought was particularly nicely done with the story was how things were working differently for the separate characters, with Amanda and Graham's relationship starting based on lust and sex and Iris and Miles' starting as a friendship that became something more.
There was also an interesting contrast between how the two women cope with the house swap. Iris is delighted to be where she is and reacts excitedly, which is one of my favourite scenes from the film. Amanda, however, is not used to the smaller environs of the cottage in Surrey and isn't quite so positive. Fortunately, the slightly slapstick moment of her hitting her head on a low beam isn't played on and only happens the once. You rarely see Amanda involve herself with people other than Graham, whereas Iris is on good terms with Amanda's gardener and her next door neighbour very quickly, one suspects better than Amanda ever was, although there's no way of knowing this for sure.
The direction and editing has helped keep the two stories separate, switching frequently between the two. There are some very nice transitioned cuts between the two, which helps keep the pace and flow of the film, but reminds you of the separation between the two. It also helps that the two places are so completely different, with the wintry largely country landscape of Surrey contrasting nicely with the sunny city of Los Angeles. The isolation that Amanda has, which is consistent with her as a person as well as a result of being in a small village also contrasts with the people Iris is frequently around, matching up well with the opening scenes in an office full of people for her job.
Unusually for a film like this, the chemistry worked fairly well and there were decent performances from all the lead characters, although in some cases it helped that they were playing roles that seems to match their personalities, what little I know of them. Apparently the film was written with the four leads in mind, so the characters would possibly have been written that way from the start, which would also have been of benefit. Jude Law was playing a single father in Graham - a role he knows well from real life. Jack Black played Miles, a film composer, which as a musician would have suited him and he also had the chance to do his usual trick of acting slightly immaturely, which seems to be the basis for a lot of his comedy. The women were not quite so clear cut, but it's not a stretch to see Cameron Diaz playing Amanda Woods - a beautiful American involved in films and Kate Winslet playing the English writer Iris certainly made sure the accent was going to be spot on.
For me, the great character and performance was Eli Wallach as Arthur Abbott. He had most of the best lines and added a lot of light relief to what were some relatively heavy emotional moments as the younger characters went through their various relationship traumas. As a writer himself, albeit a long retired one, he has a way of looking at the world and finding the drama and poetry in it and that came across in many of his lines. One scene towards the end showed his sense of showmanship as well, in what was a lovely little moment.
The script certainly helps with this, separating the characters very effectively and allowing the differences between them to shine through. Although the story follows them as two couples, each is written differently enough to stand out in their own right. There are some very good lines, allowing for the serious side of the traumas each is going through to show through, but also allowing for moments of humour. Arthur, particularly, has some great self deprecating lines, but delivers them without ever coming across as a grumpy old man. Some of Miles' humour and lines were a little juvenile for me, particularly in one scene in a DVD rental store, although fortunately a brief cameo and a great line from Dustin Hoffman stole the limelight from him a little. The script also avoided highlighting any slapstick moments, although there was a scene early on with Amanda not dealing too well with the snow which was a little predictable, although fortunately this didn't reoccur. However, the class moment in the script for me was whoever gave the line "my package...doesn't look all that impressive" to Jude Law, which never fails to make me laugh given his reputation as a bit of a ladies' man.
The one aspect of the film that did annoy me a little was the soundtrack. Admittedly, the film is set around Christmas and so it's normal to expect that Christmas songs would be playing, but that happened quite a lot and it does mean the film is a little more difficult to watch out of that season. Sitting watching the film with Christmas songs playing with a warm spring evening just the other side of the windows does make it seem a little strange. Watching the film in December, as I did the first time around, this would not be an issue, or if you can remember the season it's intended to be set in, this does make things a little easier. Admittedly, some of the song arrangements are pretty good, but the songs themselves work slightly less effectively at a different time of year.
This minor annoyance apart, however, this is quite a sweet little film. Admittedly, you know how it's likely to turn out before it even gets going, as most rom-coms end much the same way. The real quality in one of these films is the style and enjoyment it takes to get there. In this, "The Holiday" achieves what it sets out to, as this is a film you could quite happily watch with a partner on a long winter evening and there's a fair chance that most may enjoy it. There is enough comedy and decent lines here to appeal to the blokes, as well as a couple of very attractive lead actresses to ogle. For the ladies, there's a sweet story and Jude Law, although with Jack Black and Eli Wallach as the other leading men, I can't help but feel that the ladies have been a little hard done by in the eye candy department.
However, there is enough here that even outside the eye candy, it's well worth a look. I suspect this is something that will appear repeatedly either on the Sky Movies or terrestrial TV channels more or less every Christmas. However, if you can't wait that long, it can be found in the Amazon Marketplace for a penny plus postage or for £1.49 including postage on eBay. At nearly two hours long, there is a decent amount of entertainment here that will make the price worth it and it will be a lovely film to watch every winter, ensuring decent value for money over the years to come.
Being unwell lately has led to lots of days laying in bed watching DVDs & catching up with TV on the iPlayer. One of the films that I had rented from Lovefilm was 'The Holiday' and as I knew it was going to be a bit of a girlie film I didn't bother watching it with my other half preferring to listen to it in peace and oooh and ahhh along to the film in peace.
The Holiday stars Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) who desperately needs a change in her life after splitting with her boyfriend Ethan and finds herself searching Google for holidays. While browsing the net she comes across a listing from Iris (Kate Winslet) offering to swap homes for a holiday and soon finds herself talking to Iris via instant messenger. The two ladies soon realise that they have something in common and both want to escape their now ex-boyfriends and before they know it they are swapping homes with Iris travelling to Los Angeles and Amanda travelling to England where they will both spend their Christmas holiday in each others homes. Ultimately both of them end up having the space that they wanted but before they know it there are men on the scene again trying to complicate things.
From the outset I found that this film had captivated my attention. Kate Winslet is an actress that I'm not so keen on by Cameron Diaz is someone I always find endearing and have yet to see a film of hers that I didn't enjoy her in. I love the idea of this film and I felt that it was something original and new which is what prompted me to rent it in the first place. I find the characters were likeable and while I found some parts of the film predictable, which I often do with this type of genre, it's fair to say that there was enough moments in this film to keep me on my toes and wondering what would be next for the characters. This film was just over 2 hours long which would usually see me starting to lose interest with a romantic film but it was ample in order to tie up the loose ends of the story without leaving me guessing what else would have happened or feeling that the story was tied up too fast.
I thoroughly enjoyed the acting in this film and it was lovely to see Jack Black doing something a little more serious, even if he did still bring his cheeky charm to the film. The music was quite interesting in this film and I loved the song that Jack Black 'produced' towards the end of the song. Also, I loved the tender moment that was shared between him and Iris (Kate Winslet) when they were singing and mucking around together. The chemistry was just fantastic and it really did shine through.
There were lots of moments in this film that I found myself going aww and there was even one little occasion where I may have shed a tiny tear just because I could relate to the character. The idea of this plot was just fantastic and one that worked incredibly well. I would not hesitate to watch this film again and would even go as far as to say that this would be one for the DVD collection at home so I could watch it again whenever I felt like it. It really was a fantastic romantic film and there were so many things I liked about this film! If you are interested in purchasing this film then it can be found on Amazon.co.uk for under £5 which is incredibly reasonable, also, look on eBay as there seemed to be lots of copies on there when I looked.
I cannot comment on the extras of this film as I never bother to watch those as they don't really interest me, however, I would definitely recommend the film on it's own merits!
Although I generally like films with a little more substance I still enjoy the odd night in with my mum where we watch a girly film. Whilst browsing round Asda I spotted this for £3.00 and thought it looked good enough for our next evening in. The Holiday was released in 2006 by Columbia pictures and was written and directed by Nancy Meyers.
Iris swaps her Surrey cottage for a Los Angeles pad via a house exchange website. When she arrives she meets 90 year old Arthur who helps her overcome the pain of unrequited love by introducing her to Miles. Meanwhile across the pond Amanda is settling in to English life with the help of Iris's brother Graham.
As with most films in the romantic comedy genre the story is follows the usual girl meets boy, they like each other but there are several obstacles they have to overcome before they get there and this film is no exception. Obviously the biggest problem is that the respective couples live on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean but there are also added complications thrown in such as Graham having two young daughters to support.
This film manages to squeeze in most of the romantic notions American have about living in Britain and vice versa. The cottage Amanda is staying in is quaint and lovely; it's down a lane near a village with a pub and has sheep roaming around outside. Amanda's house in LA is the total opposite; it's spacious and plush and in a neighbourhood that probably boasts film stars and musicians as its residents. What both of these settings do is create a romantic scene, enabling the viewer to be transported into this untouchable world where everyone must have a happy ending because they are in a happy place.
In the beginning both women are successful professionally but rather unsuccessful personally. Iris has spent years waiting for a guy at work to commit to her only for him to announce his engagement to their colleague and Amanda has just chucked out her man for cheating. These situations make these women easy to relate to and sympathise with because you can see no matter how good their lives appear, underneath they still have everyday problems.
Although the plot is fairly predictable in terms of using the tried and tested formula whereby beautiful successful women dump horrible men only to find their perfect match, it manages to keep the story fresh. Although the women are a little depressed at the beginning, their new loves bring them happiness and excitement rather than worry and stress. I think this boils down to the writers ability to understand how peoples ideas and moods change whilst away from home; people become less bothered about what people think and are therefore less guarded about their emotions because after all they probably won't ever see them again.
I also think much of the films success lies with the characters; the language used for all of them is believable and natural sounding and not at all forced or rigid. They have all been given just the right amount of development so we get to know them but still want to know more, creating a certain amount of mystery.
The acting from the fours lead is also very natural; Kate Winslet brings a mature naivety to Iris that makes her charming and easy to like. Amanda is a little ditsy but still very successful and Cameron Diaz manages to be appealing without becoming overtly sexual, ensuring that none of the audience are isolated.
I'm not a huge fan of Jude Law, often finding him arrogant and irritating but here he seems a bit more approachable and not so chauvinistic. I usually find Jack black very hit and miss; I either love or hate his performances but here it was definitely favourable. I'd never thought of him as a leading man but he manages to pull it off here, being charming but never cocky and always pleasant.
This film fits perfectly into its genre because it makes you go through the emotions with the characters. Its touching but not too soppy, it makes you laugh without being silly and tugs at your heartstrings without making you cry (unless you're particularly weepy anyway). So if you're looking for something girly for a night in front of the telly this is well worth a watch.
I should start this review by informing you that I don't really care for 'chick flicks' and much prefer a decent comedy, a good drama, a bit of action, some fantasy or a bit of sci-fi. It was essentially Jude Law that made me watch this film (and perhaps a bit of Jack Black but I was unsure on how he would handle a role like this).
The Holiday centres around two women who swap homes for two weeks. We have Amanda (Diaz) who is sucessful in making film trailers in L.A. who in the beginning we see her breaking up with her boyfriend after he cheated on her. We also have Iris (Winslet) who is still in love with her ex who she has to see every day. They are still friends and this doesn't help when it is announced that he and his current girlfriend are now engaged.
It is after these events that Diaz and Winslet decided to swap homes. Amanda swapping her large L.A. home for Iris' small English country cottage.
With an unfortunate start to her time in England, Amanda is ready to end the swap and go back to L.A. until she meets Iris' brother, Graham (Law). We watch the story between these two characters unfold and we learn more about them as individuals.
Iris' on the other hand is loving the luxurious home in L.A. and is taking to the swap wonderfully. She becomes friends with an elderly neighbour and while this isn't part of the romance I did love their interaction. Her love interest in the film is actually movie composer Miles (Black) who begins as only a friend before Miles' girlfriend cheats on him. Though this doesn't come without a little trouble from Iris' ex.
I have to say I quite enjoyed this film. Yes, it was quite predictable and I don't think it was anything ground-breaking. However, it was enjoyable to watch and when I first watched this I could quite relate to Winslet's character (except I didn't have the option of running off to L.A. - if only!).
I have watched this film since and still enjoyed it. I would recommend this to those that do like a rom-com and despite the fact that I liked it it may not be for those that don't. I will most likely watch this film again when I feel like a good injection of a bit of predictable romance.
I have watched the movie 'The Holiday' a few times over the last couple of years since it's release in 2006 and I have to admit have quite enjoyed it every time and found this romantic story quite enterataining in the main. It is not overly funny but then is not really billed as a comedy and it's charming and worth watching for an easy movie you can relax and watch.
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet both star as women who have had many problems in their love lives and can never seem to make a relationship work. Cameron Diaz plays Amanda who helps create movie trailers and she lives in Los Angeles. Then there is Iris played by Kate Winslet who lives in England. She is an editor working for a publsihing company. While they live in different countries their experiences with men are pretty similar.
They are both looking for the perfect way to escape their lives as the holidays are coming round. They both find each other on the internet and decide to swap homes for a couple of weeks and live in each others houses for a while. A novel and great idea they believe. This is how the story is set up and they both meet respective men who the other one knows already. The two romantic interests in question are Jack Black and Jude Law.
This is of course a romantic comedy and for that there has be some sort of romance and this happens with the two characters they play that sweep each respective woman off their feet in their own way. So Jude Law is put in the patch of Cameron Diaz and Jack Black in the way of Kate Winslet in England and the USA.
It is a great movie that helps the women to find themselves and realise there is far more than just the relationships they have been in already to their undoing. It is a great little movie that for is well worth watching as a fun escape for while
Heart warming lovely movie. This is one of those rare romantic comedies that as a bloke you don't mind admitting to watching and actually liking because it's actually really good. It will leave you feeling warm and happy inside and the brilliant cast are believable in their roles and do not disappoint. This makes it in the wall of fame for romantic comedies alongside the likes of Love Actually and Notting Hill. The characters are brilliant and you really find yourself connecting to them.
The Holiday is a happy love story with all the Christmas cheer. In the capable hands of writer-director Nancy Meyers. It all begins when two successful yet unhappy women connect through a home-swapping website, and decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday in a mutual effort to forget their man troubles. Iris (Kate Winslet) is a London-based journalist who lives in a picture-postcard cottage in Surrey, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) owns a movie-trailer production company and lives in a posh mansion in Beverly Hills. Iris is heartbroken from unrequited love with a cad of a colleague (Rufus Sewell), and Amanda has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend (Edward Burns), so their home-swapping offers mutual downtime to reassess their love lives. Amanda hooks up with Iris's charming brother Graham (Jude Law), and Iris is unexpectedly smitten with Miles (Jack Black), a super-nice film composer on the downside of a failing relationship. --Jeff Shannon.
The Holiday was released in the UK in 2006 and was directed and written by Nancy Meyers.
The film is about two woman who are sick and tired of their lives and decide to do a house swap as one lives in Surry and the other lives in LA.
Writer Iris Simpkins is completely and utterly in love with Jasper Bloom, although her love for him is not reciprocated, and he usually only wants to be with her when he wants something. Near to Christmas Iris finds out that Jasper is engaged to one of her colleges, she soon realises that she needs to get away from Surrey, her job, but most importantly away from Jasper. She finds a house exchange website....
LA movie trailer maker Amanda Woods finds out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her and she dumps him. She wants to forget him, and realises she hasn't had a holiday or break from work in ages and with help from her friends seriously starts to consider taking some time out. She too looks on the house exchange website and finds Iris, they strike up a conversation and agree to house swap.
When in LA Iris cant believe her luck when she arrives at a beautiful mansion, she completely forgets about work and enjoys the sun. When Miles, a music composer, and friend of Amandas, shows up at the front door he and Iris get on like a house on fire and start to spend time together.... But this isn't the only friendship Iris will make on her holiday she also becomes fascinated with Amandas 90 year old next door neighbour, screen writer Arthur.
Amanda is looking forward to doing absolutely nothing on her holiday especially have no contact with any men but when Iris's brother Graham knocks on the door in the middle of the night drunk he and Amanda somehow end up sleeping together. Amanda had not intended to even talk to any men on her holiday let alone have sex with one, and she and Graham soon become very close.
But when the holiday comes to an end will everyone go their separate ways?
I loved this film, it was so witty and funny, Diaz is great and gives us the same standard of humorous acting as she has done in all of her films. I wouldn't say this film was a chick flick because I think it is suitable for everyone, its packed full of humour, tenderness, romance and suspense.
I would defiantly recommend this film to those of you who enjoy romcoms, its an easy going film which doesn't require you to have to think to much.
The cast includes...
Jack Black as Miles
Cameron Diaz as Amanda
Kate Winslet as Iris
Jude Law as Graham
Eli Wallach as Arthur
Rufus Sewell as Jasper
As a pleasant dose of holiday cheer, The Holiday is a lovable love story with all the Christmas trimmings. In the capable hands of writer-director Nancy Meyers (making her first romantic comedy since Something's Gotta Give), it all begins when two successful yet unhappy women connect through a home-swapping website, and decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday in a mutual effort to forget their man troubles. Iris (Kate Winslet) is a London-based journalist who lives in a picture-postcard cottage in Surrey, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) owns a movie-trailer production company (leading her to cutely imagine most of her life as a "coming attraction") and lives in a posh mansion in Beverly Hills. Iris is heartbroken from unrequited love with a cad of a colleague (Rufus Sewell), and Amanda has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend (Edward Burns), so their home-swapping offers mutual downtime to reassess their love lives. This being a Nancy Meyers movie (where everything is fabulously decorated and romantic wish-fulfillment is virtually guaranteed), Amanda hooks up with Iris's charming brother Graham (Jude Law), and Iris is unexpectedly smitten with Miles (Jack Black), a super-nice film composer on the downside of a failing relationship. --Jeff Shannon