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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Holiday  »

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Winslet and Rufus Sewell had in real life previously been in a romantic relationship. See more »


Iris's house is constructed of a flat, smooth slate-like stone. However, in England, the main building material for houses such as Iris's would have been flint, a fist-sized gray rock, that would have given the house a rough pebbly look. See more »


Miles: The wind... it's what makes it so warm this time of year. Legend has it, when the Santa Anas blow, anything can happen.
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References The Closet (2001) See more »


Wade in the Water
Written by Ramsey Lewis
Performed by Ramsey Lewis Trio
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

A good date movie that is entertaining and sweet
8 December 2006 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(Synopsis) Two beautiful women, Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) both find themselves at the end of failed relationships just before Christmas. Amanda decides to take a two week vacation and surfs the internet. She meets Iris online, and they agree to swap their homes for the holidays. Amanda lives in Los Angles and Iris lives in the countryside of Surrey, England. Even though they now have a change of scenery and want no contact with men, they are both still depressed and lonely. But things are about to change when Iris' brother Graham (Jude Law) drops by Iris' house and meets Amanda. On the other side of the world, Iris meets Miles (Jack Black) a film composer. Romance is in the air and sparks are about to fly.

(My Comment) If you want to see a romantic comedy with real chemistry, especially between Cameron Diaz and Jude Law this is one chick flick you must see. This movie is a good date movie that is actually entertaining and sweet. You are actually seeing two love stories instead of one. There is a great subplot of the friendship between Kate Winslet and Eli Wallach's character that will touch your heart. Actually, I enjoyed that part of the movie the best. Overall, the movie was enjoyable to watch with touching and funny scenes throughout the movie. The ending is predictable, but what do you expect, it is a romantic comedy. You will leave the movie feeling good, and isn't that what movies are all about. (Columbia Pictures, Run time 2:18, Rated PG-13)(8/10)

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