|Genre: Romance, Comedy|
Plot: 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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For 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.
Women 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 (ComingSoon.net)
...is 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 (FilmJerk.com)
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What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give, The Parent Trap
|Watchable, but overly long and ultimately disappointing romcom, despite spirited performances and the occasional sparkly moment. |
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)