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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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Nancy Meyers

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Nancy Meyers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Amanda
Kate Winslet ... Iris
Jude Law ... Graham
Jack Black ... Miles
Eli Wallach ... Arthur
Edward Burns ... Ethan
Rufus Sewell ... Jasper
Miffy Englefield Miffy Englefield ... Sophie
Emma Pritchard Emma Pritchard ... Olivia
Sarah Parish ... Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon ... Maggie
Bill Macy ... Ernie
Shelley Berman ... Norman
Kathryn Hahn ... Bristol
John Krasinski ... Ben
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,913, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$63,224,849, 28 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,135,324
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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' 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!" See more »

Goofs

Iris briefly considers ending it all by breathing in gas fumes from her cooker but the UK changed to Natural Gas decades ago. The previous Coal Gas would put you to sleep with a couple of breaths and kill you in minutes. Natural Gas is not toxic at all and could only kill you by displacing all the air in a room, which since it is lighter than air is unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Sophie: Daddy, she has more marshmallows than I do.
Graham: No she doesn't, you each have five.
[to Amanda]
Graham: You have five too.
Amanda: Thanks
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Connections

References Tootsie (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Shame
(1970)
Written by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta (as Syreeta White), and Lee Garrett
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world.
15 December 2006 | by BlueGnuSee all my reviews

I went to see this film because some of it was filmed near where I live and I wanted to see what my town looked like when airbrushed to within an inch of its life and covered in fake snow. Also because generally I'm as much of a sucker for a rom-com as the next girl.

Oh dear. Surely there is only so much twee, fluffy cuteness and cliché that one film can contain - well you'd think so, anyway - but this one goes for the all time record.

The cinematic equivalent of eating a half-ton marshmallow sprinkled in artificial sweetener. Had I not been trapped in the middle of a row I would have walked out - very rare for me - as more and more sappy piffle, two-dimensional characters and paint-by-numbers acting were paraded before me.

If you are someone who harbours any kind of suspicion that it might be possible to live some fragment of a fulfilling life whilst - dare I say it - single, then please learn from my mistake and do not waste two precious hours of your life on this film. Sticking your fingers down your throat is a cheaper and much more expeditious means of achieving the same effect without having your intelligence insulted.


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