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In the Special Features, Cameron Diaz claims this movie is her most physical due to all the running she had to do.
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On an episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Dustin Hoffman said that his cameo in the film was unplanned and not scripted. He was driving by the Blockbuster shown in the film and saw all of the cameras and equipment so he decided to stop in and see what was happening. Because he knew director Nancy Meyers, they worked up a scene which ultimately made the final cut.
This film was written specifically with actors Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black in mind.
Kate Winslet and Rufus Sewell had previously been in a real life romance.
The website Amanda and Iris use to exchange houses is a real website, homeexchange.com.
Iris's tiny cottage is contrasted to Amanda's stunning house but in reality thanks to UK property prices an unspoiled cottage like that in a good location could easily be worth a million pounds, not far off two million dollars. She's far from slumming it, no matter how basic the kitchen.
The interior sets for Amanda's house were built on a sound stage and cost approximately $1 million, without exterior walls, a roof, plumbing, heating and electricity.
At one point, Arthur claims that Cary Grant is from Surrey, and Iris agrees. This is in fact a mistake, as Grant is from Bristol.
Within Hollywood, director Nancy Meyers is known for doing a rather large number of re-takes for any given scene segment. And during the shooting for The Holiday, at the end of a large number of re-takes for one particular segment of the newspaper Christmas party scene, lead actress Kate Winslet aroused a good-natured laugh from everyone on set when, after the end of what she felt was a particularly good take following another long series of takes, she dropped to her knees in front of a table, clasped her hands together on the tabletop, and began to pantomime a prayer for that to be the last take of the segment.
The house used for Arthur Abbot's actually belonged to Phyllis Diller at the time of shooting and is located in the Brentwood section of LA.
When Iris (Kate Winslet) is running through the house in L.A., she stops by the door of the gym-room. You can see a poster of 'Titanic' on the wall behind her.
Sadly Rosehill Cottage does not actually exist. It was built in a field by the producers over the course of two weeks.
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.
When Iris is watching a movie in Amanda's house, the movie she is watching is His Girl Friday (1940).
Jude Law has a real-life daughter named Iris. His character Graham's sister's name is Iris.
Several references to Ennio Morricone: The movie's main theme starts with the same five chords as "Deborah's theme" from Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Miles urges Iris to rent The Mission (1986) because of its score, and the main theme of Cinema Paradiso (1988) plays on Miles' car stereo the first time he and Iris meet (he even tells her that it was composed by Ennio Morricone). Also, Eli Wallach was in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, one of the most famous films Morricone composed for.
When Miles is humming movie scores to Iris in Blockbuster, he does Hans Zimmer's score from Driving Miss Daisy. Hans Zimmer did the score for The Holiday.
Rufus Sewell and Shannyn Sossamon previously starred together in A Knight's Tale
Amanda's stack of books on the plane to England are: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle, "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling, "Bob Dylan Chronicles" by Bob Dylan, "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen, "Runaway" by Alice Munro, "The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Journeys and Conversations" by The Dalai Lama and Chan Victor.
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)
Edward Burns who plays Ethan, Cameron Diaz's ex, directed her in the previous movie She's the One (1996).
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).
The film includes a (fake) trailer for a movie starring James Franco and Lindsay Lohan opening on Christmas Day.
This movie is mentioned specifically in emails between South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his mistress as very close to their situation.
There is a scene in the film in which Cameron Diaz and Jude Law are chasing one another in a field after having lunch, which features a bossa nova-style piece from the musical score. Director Nancy Meyers was so intent on having this scene in the film as a tribute to similar scenes featured in the films of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Meyers was so intent on having the right music for the scene, that the score's composer, Hans Zimmer, actually named the piece "For Nancy."
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Jude Law and Kate Winslet would later go on to co-star in Contagion (2013).
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Jude Law and Kate Winslet also starred together in another movie released in 2006, All the King's Men.
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Reportedly, the three members of British indie rock band The Wombats went to see this movie, expecting a rom-com in the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). They ended up hating the film so much, that they wrote the song 'Kill the Director' about it, which contains lyrics like "If this is a rom-com, kill the director" and "This is no Bridget Jones!"
The car that Cameron Diaz drives in Surrey is a 2006 Mini-Cooper. Kate Winslet in Los Angeles drives a Lexus RX 400h. Jude Law drives a 2006 Range Rover.
The gentleman that Amanda (Cameron Diaz) nearly knocks off his bike is in fact Iris's (Kate Winslet) brother Graham (Jude Law).
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The house Kate Winslet's character is staying at in England is called the "Rose Hill Cottage", She previously played a character named Rose in the movie Titanic (1997).
One of the books featured in Jude Law's character's library in his home is John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire".
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the scene where Maggie is apologizing to Miles, you can see his right hand play the exact notes of the score that's playing. In fact, the high notes only play when his fingers do.
Iris and Amanda do not meet until the end of the movie.
Rufus Sewell who plays "Jasper" is connected to Venice in another movie. The movie Dangerous Beauty is set in Venice and in this movie his character Jasper asks Iris if she wants to sneak away to Venice when she gets back to London.
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