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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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love | house | composer | book | self esteem | See more »

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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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Amanda mentions that she doesn't want "Scorsese-Red" for one of the movie trailers. Cameron Diaz was directed by Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York (2002) See more »

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When Amanda pours herself a glass of white wine, the "glugging" sound effect begins well before air starts entering the bottle. See more »

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Miles: [playing the keyboard and improv-singing with Iris] Oh my God, we both said 'fruitily'!
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References The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) See more »

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Best of My Love
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Written by Al McKay and Maurice White
Performed by The Emotions
Courtesy of Rhythym Records, Inc.
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Good to pass a rainy day
30 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this isn't my typical pick on movies I'd love to see, I have to say I enjoyed screening this one. The run time is a bit long, and the movie gets a bit soft in the middle, but considering you're actually watching two love stories (as opposed to one), I guess the run time is justified. It still seemed a bit forced to get the story told in a descent amount of time (still over two hours). The performances were moderate to good, with exception of Jude Law as Graham, who was wonderful.

If you're tired of holiday films that are so stacked with so much Christmas cheer that it makes you sick, this is the perfect alternative. Light enough for some serious laughs, and with enough drama to keep it interesting to audiences, this one's a good date movie. Leave the kids with a sitter. There are a few adult themes that could be uncomfortable to try to explain to a younger one.


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