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Two women on opposite sides of the globe, Amanda Woods and Iris Simpkins find themselves in a similar predicament. Desperate for a change of scenery, the two women meet on the internet and swap houses for the Christmas holiday discovering that a change of address really can change your life.
Romantic Comedy - This is a light romantic comedy aimed squarely at the female
audience. Fans of Cameron Diaz will get plenty of her doing her
specialty here, and Kate Winslet fans will enjoy the light change of
pace for her. The male stars, Jude Law and especially Jack Black,
have limited screen time in comparison.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Holiday is no vacation. Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.
Roger EbertFull Review Average This is a well-acted, thoroughly pleasant, quite competent and almost instantly forgettable Christmas film, as sweet (and as nutritionally lacking) as a peppermint latte.
USA TodayFull Review Good The Holiday is a rare chick flick/romantic comedy that, despite its overt sentimentality and fairy-tale premise, doesn't feel cloyingly sweet.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 140 moviegoers: This is obviously a chick flick and sure enough, THE LADIES LOVED "THE HOLIDAY." Fortunately, so did most of the adult males. About three-quarters rated it very high and most of the remaining quarter rated it as average. "THE HOLIDAY" IS A GREAT DATE MOVIE!
Iris (Kate Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman.
Across the globe, Amanda (Cameron Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has
been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find
themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website
and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda's L.A. house
in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside.
Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants
or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome brother Graham
(Jude Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Eli
Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Jack Black).