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The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | | 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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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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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8 December 2006 (USA)  »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,826,520 (UK) (8 December 2006)

Gross:

$63,224,849 (USA) (26 January 2007)
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Trivia

Several references to Ennio Morricone: The movie's main theme starts with the same five chords as "Deborah's theme" from Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Miles urges Iris to rent The Mission (1986) because of its score, and the main theme of Cinema Paradiso (1988) plays on Miles' car stereo the first time he and Iris meet (he even tells her that it was composed by Ennio Morricone). Also, Eli Wallach was in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, one of the most famous films Morricone composed for. See more »

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When Graham and Amanda are laying in the tent with the girls, one of the girls says something about never having grown up visitors that are girls. It's likely that their Aunt Iris would visit on a regular basis. See more »

Quotes

Graham: Call me old fashioned but one doesn't have sex with women who are unconscious.
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Connections

References 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) See more »

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Got to Be Real
(1978)
Written by David Foster, David Paich, and Cheryl Lynn
Performed by Cheryl Lynn
Courtesy of Cheryl Lynn Productions
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Surprisingly Good ChickFlick Even This Bloke Loved It
6 December 2006 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well I have to confess I was dreading seeing this film, but actually I loved it.

The story is quite fantastical. But once you can go along with the ridiculous plot, it is very funny and totally charming. It's a bit like eating liquid chocolate, and somehow manages to last for 2 hours and 10 minutes without you feeling sick.

At the start of the film, the acting is very hammy, but this removes your desire for believability enough to carry the film. Cameron Diaz and Jude Law look absolutely lovely. Kate Winslett really pulls off her comedic role brilliantly. The are some beautiful touching moments about Hollywood history and a couple of famous faces appear in cameo roles. The English countryside is lovely. Lots of laughter and tears in the audience.

The nutritional value of chocolate is limited. This film will uplift you though if nothing else. Excellent Christmas movie (from a bloke!).


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