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The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 December 2006 (USA)
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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Comedy | Romance

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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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Holiday  »

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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

The film includes a (fake) trailer for a movie starring James Franco and Lindsay Lohan opening on Christmas Day. See more »

Goofs

When Iris first views Amanda's bedroom there is no acrylic bench at the foot of the bed.When she is in bed and discovers the motorized blinds and the camera pans away from the bed, there it is at the foot of the bed. See more »

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Miles: [reaching across Iris to grab something on counter] Okay, sorry about that.
[pregnant pause]
Miles: Boob graze.
[Iris briefly surprised, then burst into merry laughter, with Miles joining in with a chuckle]
Miles: That was accidental.
[gazing around with sheepish smile]
Miles: Accidental boob graze. I'm sorry.
Iris: Change of subject.
[trying to restrain laughter]
Miles: Okay.
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References Patton (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)
(1974)
Written and Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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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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