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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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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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Comedy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El descanso  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,826,520 (UK) (8 December 2006)


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

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Upon arriving at Amanda's Los Angeles home, she runs around excitedly and eventually finds a wall of DVD cases. She scans through them and selects one. Pulling one the shelf and opening it, she's interrupted by Jack Black's character at the gate. The movie Iris selected was Punch-Drunk Love (2002). See more »


When Graham is wearing his glasses the kitchen after the first night with Amanda, a camera light is reflected in the close-up of his face. See more »


Graham: Call me old fashioned but one doesn't have sex with women who are unconscious.
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References Green Dragon (2001) See more »


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Nice~ very nice
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a really good, light hearted movie, with GREAT characterization. There are points where the movie is a little slow, but not slow enough to loose your interest.

All of the characters are wonderfully developed especially Jude Laws-the under-story of Jude's character adds an extra dimension to his character and really makes you love him all the more.

Kate Winslet's character is another that was well worked out. She helps out this little old man . . . and the character development between her and this older gentleman is wonderful . . . it adds so much to her character, makes her more human, more real, someone very likable and someone you want to end up with a good ending.

Jack Black's character was sweet, not corny . . . and you end up liking him very much. He was not a goober like he usually is in his movies.

Over all, it was a wonderfully character driven movie, that was enjoyable and had you leaving the theater feeling good. I recommend it highly!

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