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The Holiday (2006)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  8 December 2006 (USA)
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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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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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,826,520 (UK) (8 December 2006)

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$63,224,849 (USA) (26 January 2007)
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Amanda's stack of books on the plane to England are: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle, "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling, "Bob Dylan Chronicles" by Bob Dylan, "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen, "Runaway" by Alice Munro, "The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Journeys and Conversations" by The Dalai Lama and Chan Victor. See more »

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When Iris arrives in L.A. and is taking a taxi to Amanda's house, the cab drives along with the ocean to its right and turns left onto Sunset Blvd - this means that it is driving south. To get to Sunset Blvd from LAX airport, however, one would need to drive north. See more »

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Sophie: Daddy, she has more marshmallows than I do.
Graham: No she doesn't, you each have five.
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Moonglow
(1934)
Written by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange), Will Hudson, and Irving Mills
Performed by Claude Bolling Big Band with Stéphane Grappelli
Courtesy of Groupe Fremeaux Colombini SA-Claude Bolling
Under license from Milan Entertainment, Inc.
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The Holiday
2 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Holiday is about two women who each have recently had problems with the men in their lives. Amanda lives in California and Iris lives in England. Neither of these women have ever met before, but they both want to escape for the holidays, so they talk online and decide to swap houses and automobiles for two weeks, so in other words Amanda would be staying at Iris's house in England and Iris would be staying at Amanda's house in California. Once they both reach their destinations they are both pretty bitter about men, but each of them soon meets different men in their lives who mean a lot to them and may make their holiday something to remember. The Holiday has good direction, a good script, good performances by the entire cast and good original music. At first I wasn't really getting into this film and thought it would be a film that would probably appeal more to a woman than to me. Also the Amanda character played by Cameron Diaz annoyed me at first and I found her kind of artificial and ego centric. However as the film played on I found myself really liking this film. The characters grew on me and I found quite a bit to like about this movie. The chemistry between all the different characters works very well and their parts are all quite well written and the actors playing them each do a good job. I found that the film also developed and showed a lot about these characters which I enjoyed because the more I got to know about them the more I liked them and they were able to grow on me more. Each character in this film brings something unique to the table by being different and by really making this film more interesting than perhaps it sounds. The really rewarding thing about this film is how well the characters work with one another and that they are well written and well acted. This film is a romantic comedy and for the most part a lot of romantic comedies do not do a whole lot for me because I find them silly and more for the female viewer than the male viewer, but this movie offers a lot of humour, heart and is just generally a pleasant feel good film that I think both male and female viewers will enjoy. One of the better films of the year and one of the better romantic comedies of recent years as well.


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