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The Holiday (2006)

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Original title: Holiday, The

Release Date
• USA: Dec 8, 2006
BoxOffice: $63.2M

Official Website:
The Holiday Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.

Country USA

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Universal Pictures, Waverly Films

Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment

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• Holiday (2006)
• The Holiday (2006)

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Genre: Romance, Comedy

Plot: The Holiday
Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), the owner of a prospering advertising firm that creates movie trailers, lives in Southern California. Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) writes the popular wedding column for London's Daily Telegraph and resides in a charming cottage in the English countryside.

Though Iris and Amanda live 6,000 miles apart, they are in exactly the same place: Just before Christmas, Iris and Amanda decide to take a needed break from the men in their lives (played by Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell) — and neither is much in the mood for a nostalgic chorus of "Auld Lang Syne."

Amanda, wanting to get out of town for the holidays, stumbles onto an internet site that specializes in home exchanges, and finds Iris' English cottage to be the perfect antidote to her troubles. On impulse, Amanda and Iris agree to crisscross continents and move into each other's homes for two weeks.

Iris lands in Los Angeles on a spectacularly clear day warmed by the gusts of the seasonal Santa Ana winds. Not long after she arrives at Amanda's Brentwood

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 External Reviews
external linkFor the most part, women will like The Holiday better than men, but it's hard to imagine anyone thinking of this as more than a romantic misfire. 2/4

external linkWomen are likely to forgive Nancy Meyers for this formula-driven romantic comedy, as they swoon over the unrealistic romantic situations. Who knows? Maybe "The Holiday" might be considered a decent date movie... but only if guys were allowed to leave their testicles at home. (Tip for the ladies: If the guy who takes you to see this movie tells you he loved it, he's probably lying to get into your pants.) 6/10
--Edward Douglas (

external a fairytale; a healthy portion of romantic idealism to nibble on during the holiday season. If you can mentally block out the more extreme ideas for entertainment that Meyers constantly trips herself on, there’s a minute glimmer of joy to be had from this frosty piece of cake. But you have to work awfully hard to find it. C+
--Brian Orndorf (

 Directed by
Nancy Meyers
What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give, The Parent Trap
 Written by
Nancy Meyers
Private Benjamin, I Love Trouble, Baby Boom
Cameron Diaz
Shrek, Being John Malkovich, There's Something About Mary
Kate Winslet
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
Jude Law
Artificial Intelligence: AI, Road to Perdition, The Aviator
Jack Black
King Kong, High Fidelity, Mars Attacks!
Elli Walach
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather: Part III, The Magnificent Seven
Edward Burns
Saving Private Ryan, 15 Minutes, Confidence
Rufus Sewell
Dark City, The Illusionist, A Knight's Tale
 Music By
Hans Zimmer
Gladiator, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

external linkWatchable, but overly long and ultimately disappointing romcom, despite spirited performances and the occasional sparkly moment. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

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