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The Holiday (2006)

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Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

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Nancy Meyers

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Nancy Meyers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Amanda
Kate Winslet ... Iris
Jude Law ... Graham
Jack Black ... Miles
Eli Wallach ... Arthur
Edward Burns ... Ethan
Rufus Sewell ... Jasper
Miffy Englefield Miffy Englefield ... Sophie
Emma Pritchard Emma Pritchard ... Olivia
Sarah Parish ... Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon ... Maggie
Bill Macy ... Ernie
Shelley Berman ... Norman
Kathryn Hahn ... Bristol
John Krasinski ... Ben
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Storyline

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

MG6 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,913, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$63,224,849, 28 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,135,324
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Miles (Jack Black) is humming movie scores to Iris (Kate Winslet) in Blockbuster Video, he does Hans Zimmer's score from Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Hans Zimmer did the score for this movie. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, when Miles is producing a song for a movie, he hits all the wrong keys even though the computer screen shows the correct notes. See more »

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Iris: I've found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said "Journeys end in lovers meeting." What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true. For ...
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References Spider-Man 2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Waltz
(1954)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Eddie Higgins Trio
Courtesy of Sunnyside Records
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Why, Hollywood ,Why? Great Cast; Slick Production; Lifeless Script
9 December 2006 | by Danusha_GoskaSee all my reviews

Why do movies like this get made? Is there some sort of virus in Hollywood that disables the ability to differentiate between a well written script and a piece of drek so phony, so formulaic, so divorced from any human being's real life, that its mere existence insults intelligent filmgoers? Women and chick flick fans, arise and unite! Let's mount noisy protests outside movies like this. Let's demand that Hollywood hire people who can write.

"The Holiday"'s cast is top notch, except for the terminally mediocre Jack Black, whose entire film career is some sort of cosmic joke.

The very best thing about "The Holiday" is Eli Wallach's relatively large part as a great writer from Hollywood's Golden Era. Wallach is especially strong; being ninety years old does not diminish his charisma one whit.

It's ironic that a movie with such a disaster of a script features a character playing a classic Hollywood writer, who makes repeated reference to well-written chick flicks from yesteryear.

Jude Law is very winning here. He juggles his external beauty and inner complexity marvelously.

Miffy Englefield and Emma Pritchard are adorable as moppet sisters too cute to live.

Oh, but the script. It's drek. It's an insult. It's a random jumble of utterly bogus settings and complications that some cold heart in marketing stitched together, convinced that this would rake in some dough. You've got Christmas trees, poignant reunions, and tears that appear on cue.

You know, I saw "Apocalypto" this weekend as well, and, of the two, "Apocalypto" was the feel good movie, and "The Holiday" filled me with rage. One had some integrity; the other was an empty exercise in marketing.

How stupid do the folks who made this movie think women are? The answer is very grim.

Save your bucks; stay home, and watch one of the classic chick flick films this movie keeps talking about.


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