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The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 December 2006 (USA)
2:27 | Trailer
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.


Nancy Meyers


Nancy Meyers
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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 ... Sophie
Emma Pritchard Emma Pritchard ... Olivia
Sarah Parish ... Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon ... Maggie
Bill Macy ... Ernie
Shelley Berman ... Norman
Kathryn Hahn ... Bristol
John Krasinski ... Ben


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Upon arriving at Amanda's (Cameron Diaz's) Los Angeles home, Iris (Kate Winslet's) runs around excitedly and eventually finds a wall of DVD cases. She scans through them and selects one. She's interrupted by Miles (Jack Black) at the gate, but the movie she selected was Punch-Drunk Love (2002). See more »


when Iris first meets Arthur she says she is from Surrey. He replies that Cary Grant came from Surrey which is wrong as he came from Bristol. See more »


Arthur Abbott: You know what I've been asking myself all night?
Iris: What? Why I'm bothering you with all these questions?
Arthur Abbott: I'm wondering why a beautiful girl like you would go to a strangers' house for their Christmas Vacation, and on top of that spend Saturday night with an old cock-up like me.
Iris: Well, I just wanted to get away from all the people I see all the time!...
[Arthur looks at her incredulously]
Iris: Well, not all the people... one person. I wanted to get away from one... guy.
[she sobs]
Iris: An ex-boyfriend who just got ...
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References The Closet (2001) See more »


It's a Shame
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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User Reviews

A movie without overt sex, violence, gunfire, explosions or profanity...and I still really enjoyed it!
1 January 2007 | by RastasSee all my reviews

While this movie is not going to be a masterpiece and held up in the future as an example of "great" film making, it was, in my opinion, a well made, albeit predictable, movie.

I did appreciate the storyline was a bit of a formula, but it had enough in the sub plots to keep me interested all the way through.

I got what I expected and a little more from the lead characters, but was a little disappointed in the performance of Jack Black. I am a fan of Jack, but am seeing a lot of the same from him in his facial contortions. Even so the character was "lovable"! The real surprise for me was the whole "Arthur Abbott" (Eli Wallach) sub plot. It was delightful and saved the show from the malaise that plagues the romantic comedy, that being predictability.

I am not a romantic comedy type of guy, yet I was sucked into this movie well and truly.

As I left, I felt like I had been treated as a human being. I had not been assaulted by the violence, overt sexual references, gunfire and the explosions that seem to be everywhere. (Not that I don't like a good "shoot the baddies" or "indecent suggestive action" type of movie).

This was just good clean "fun"! And I would see it again (next year maybe!)

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Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holiday See more »


Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,913, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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