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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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?


Director Nancy Meyers states in the commentary that she bases elements in her movies off of real life events that she's experienced, for example the esophageal spasms that Cameron Diaz's character has, which is something Meyers used to experience herself. See more »


When Amanda is searching for her holiday, on the net appears a window with the countries' flags. The flag for Poland is not as it should be. See more »


Amanda: I'm leaving in nine days and that makes this complicated.
Graham: Ok
[they then passionately kiss]
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by James Taylor
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Best holiday romantic comedy yet.
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I laughed. I cried. I awed. My jaw even dropped a couple of times. This movie surpassed all of my original expectations. At almost two and a half hours, I thought it might drag on, but I never felt like it was really that long. This movie is not only about heartbreak and heart ache, it's about finding yourself and appreciating the true things in life. I felt that Kate and Cameron did a wonderful job. Their characters come from two very different worlds yet they both seek the same thing...escape. They encounter so much more upon arriving at their destinations, and ultimately end up finding the completely unexpected. Jude is a star charmer as always, and Jack, well, he's Jack. Seeing this movie should be on everyone's holiday "to-do" lists, and I can guarantee it will be in my DVD collection once it is released. Nancy Meyers hit a home run with this one and it is sure to bring everyone a nice large dose of holiday spirit.

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