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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Within Hollywood, Writer and Director Nancy Meyers is known for doing a rather large number of re-takes for any given scene segment, and during the shooting for this movie, at the end of a large number of re-takes for one particular segment of the newspaper Christmas party scene, 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. 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 Being John Malkovich (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Wonderland
(1934)
Music by Felix Bernard
Lyrics by Richard B. Smith
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of Phil Spector Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Abkco Records
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Enjoyable escapism
17 May 2007 | by kclambethSee all my reviews

I think this film deserves a better rating than the current 6.9 on IMDb. I to expected it to be just like other rom com's but it was much better than i expected and very enjoyable.

The story starts with Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) fed up with their love lives; Amanda's boyfriend has been cheating on her and the man Iris loves has just got engaged to someone else. They both decide to switch houses for Christmas for an escape from their complicated lives; so Iris jets off to Amanda's place in sunny L.A and Amanda goes to Iris' quaint cottage in snowy Surrey, England (if only it really did snow at Christmas!) Amanda soon meets Iris' handsome brother Graham (Brilliantly played by Jude Law) and Iris meets musician Miles (Jack Black) and you can guess the rest...

The acting is strong and well handled. At first i found Cameron Diaz hugely annoying but as it went on i warmed to her character; she and Jude had lots of chemistry and their relationship was handled well and Graham's secret was a good twist.

I thought Jack Black was great in this different role, he and Kate also had chemistry and he was totally believable. I wish their storyline had been a bit longer though as they spent way more time on Cameron and Jude's part.

Kate Winslet as usual was funny and touching as Iris and maybe one of the best parts of the film was her relationship with the old man (Eli Wallach) they both seemed to have a connection and it was nice to hear his stories of when he was a writer in the good old Hollywood days when he knew Cary Grant and co! If you want beautiful scenery, escapism from the millions of horror and action films out there and good characterisation, than this is for you. It's not as soppy as other rom/com's and it's easy to identify with the characters, it's also very festive and my dad even liked it and he hates romantic films!


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