The Holiday

The Holiday

By Nancy Meyers

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2007-03-13
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 15min
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
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  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99

The Holiday Description

In Nancy Meyers' The Holiday, a romantic comedy from the director of Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (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 (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).

Unsuspecting tourists are taken from their luxury resorts to experience the realities of life behind the glossy travel brochure.

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The Holiday Movie Reviews

  • Where were you going, Joe DiMaggio?

    windycitizenkane
    3
    It is my opinion that THE HOLIDAY has its good qualities and bad qualities. Perhaps, the best of the good qualities is that the narrative structure manages unconsciously--and perhaps, unintentionally--to be honest about how Hollywood, and we as people, tend to overcomplicate the simplest things, and oversimplify the not-so-simple things. How else do you explain Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Graham (Jude Law) getting more screen-time than Iris (Kate Winslet) and Miles (Jack Black)? Such an example of cinematic activity, of course, spells out the worst of the film's bad qualities as well. The second worst of the bad qualities is that maybe Amanda could have done without Graham, at least as a lover. She simply needs to slow down and look around, AND have time entirely to herself, after all her miserable days of living in the fast lane. Sigh. But I guess beggars can't be choosers, and you can't expect yourself to completely stop looking for somebody who might treat you better, not so soon. On the brighter side, Nancy Myers manages to capture the substance of the goings-on in life, romance, and even friendship through the half involving Iris, who has found out that the man she thought was for her was actually not. She presents and explores Iris's development and growth as a person--and as a women--as a process. NOT as an event! And as for Miles, this role gives Jack Black a well-deserved break from the "loveable loser" days. While the form of Miles' relationship with Maggie is not as complex as that of Iris with Jasper, the substance is very similar. Best of all: Black and Winslet's chemistry is fairly close to genuine. And so is that between Winslet and Eli wallach--in the role of veteran screenwriter Arthur Abbott. Why did Nancy chose to do right on one half and wrong on the other, I...DON'T...KNOW! If it was Nancy's intention to be honset about how little Hollywood knows about this or that, then she has succeeded. Needless to say, Nancy's intentions are annoyingly ambiguous. But don't sell me short! THE HOLIDAY still makes for a good holiday film, and not just for anyone in the mood for love, whatever that may be.
  • I own this 1

    Gamer holdem
    4
    This is a happy, funny and feel good flick. It's in my iTunes repertoire. I must watch this at least 4-5 times a year. Imho it's well worth the purchase. Love ❤️ this flick and the score. 🏡⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Deberían incluir el idioma español

    CINDYTRAKALOSA
    1
    Deberían incluir el idioma español
  • My fav Holiday movie

    deee25
    5
    I love this sweet , innocent movie. I watch it every year and think it is well cast and the score os beautiful.
  • do NOT listen to critic reviews!

    AllForHim1013
    5
    I have no idea what is wrong with critics--this movie is one of my absolute favorites. I have watched it so many times that I can quote the movie right along with the cast as I'm watching it. It's such a feel-good, happy movie that is great to watch any time of the year, not just around the Holiday's. The cast is perfect for the rolls and I agree with another reviewer, Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so good together. This movie is a MUST SEE if you've never seen it.
  • The Holiday

    Christian Munoz
    5
    Great Movie!! Perfect for an evening with your girfriend or boyfriend. Light and beautiful crafted.
  • Why Jack Black?

    Mike32457
    3
    Wish they switched Edward Burns and Jack Black's roles. Pairing Black with Winslet was an insult to her. Can't take Jack Black seriously in anything he does.
  • Not For Rent?

    golfdirt
    1
    This movie was released in 2007! Why the high price with no option to rent!
  • Amanda Woods, Don't Come Back

    JoeCoolRunnings
    3
    On a general note, it is the Winslet-Black chemistry and the veteran actor Wallach's presence that keep me watching in spite of how typical this picture is. The Diaz-Law chemistry is so been-there-done-that you ought to just skip every moment of it. But there's more to why I give this flick three out of five. The half involving Iris (Kate Winslet) and Miles (Jack Black) is reminiscent of what Hollywood tries to oversimplify, and what UK cinema slows down enough to elaborate on. Iris wants to think that she is happy with Jasper, her former lover, but actually isn't. The harsh reality of what she suspects all along hits her hard. Thus, she needs time away. Score composer Miles, despite hiding it better, is not paid much attention by his lover, Maggie (Shannyn Sossman), either. He and Iris meet and the whole thing...spills out. Before then veteran screen author Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach) puts it in perspective that Iris ought to see herself as leading lady rather wait for another to label her as such. Romance is not instant; Iris and Miles begin as friends first. They let it develop into something more, unlike Graham and Amanda (respectively Jude Law and Cameron Diaz) who just jump right at it. Speaking of which, that's what Hollywood does: rush into romance, thinking they've got adult relationships all figured out. Amanda and Graham are both independent, the former not breaking down over her ex-boyfriend's infidelity and the latter doing quite well as a widowed father. But Hollywood doesn't seem to like independent women and men, not the subtle sort at least. So, bring them together and "let the pleasure begin". The thing to dislike about this movie is how most of it is dedicated to the mediocre half starring Amanda and Graham--slowing and stalling as though we the audience don't get it. Meanwhile Iris and Miles' half is given less time, as though their chemistry is that simple to figure out. In my opinion, it should be the other way around. Iris and Miles actually get to know each other, step by step--or make a good start at it anyway. Graham and Amanda are just thrown together by circumstances that they deliberately give into. They don't have to (or really need to) get together but do. Rather pre-meditated if you ask me, writing-wise. Whereas Miles and Iris, that just happens--as it could happen in real life--the natural way. Of course, it would be a rarity (and a miracle) for a pair of discarded/neglected ones to run into each other so suddenly. The one thing to give this film is how honest it is about Hollywood's speedy typical nature and Britsh cinema's more subtle nature. Amanda lives life at fast-pace, missing a heap; Iris lives it slow and steady, not missing much. It even shows when they get to each other's homes. Another thing is Arthur Abbott living in or around Hollywood as it is in contrast to how he knew it in his day. Imagine: Iris is from a country that sees filmmaking as an art and Arthur is from a time when Hollywood recognized film as just that. How else do they connect as neighbors? All in all, I don't call Nancy Meyers' THE HOLIDAY the best in show (nor are any of her other films). But I can't really call it the worst either. Still, if you're going to combine two styles of cinematic narrative structures, give them equal emphasis--and timing. I would still watch this one because Winslet, Black, and Wallach are in it. But that's just my personal reason.
  • To whom it may concern

    Xelda
    5
    The acting at times was not brilliant. The set up was predictable. The premise of stepping outside of one's comfort zone to get a different perspective was well played. Things fell into place quickly considering a two week house swap. Very convenient, but enjoyable. Take this movie with a few grains of salt and you will have a really pleasing experience. Some times it really helps just to get away and this movie took me there. Look outside yourself and you can make a difference in someone else's life. I wish the world had more Arthurs to learn from.

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