Amanda lives in Los Angeles and is a movie trailer editor. Iris lives in Surrey, England and is a journalist. Amanda finds a website advocating home exchange and the two decide to swap houses for two weeks at Christmas – both trying to forget their troubled love lives, until love finds them anyways.
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Will we ever see a pairing like Kate Winslet and Jack Black ever again? Nope, never. Too bad those two aren't given the bulk of the material or even have a quality story. No, instead we're treated with the been-there, done-that Diaz/Law love story of a pretty woman who's oddly single falling for a suave good looking male who's only flaw is that he's too good of a single father. Yawn. Boo.
I know that objectively this is not a great movie but for me The Holiday -even more than Love Actually- is THE Christmas time movie. Watching it makes me feel all warm and happy and it is the only movie in which I actually like Jude Law and Cameron Diaz.
Winslet is lovely as ever in a total bore of a film. Black tries injecting comedy but mostly falls flat. Law and Diaz are abysmal and drag the film further down the shitter the longer they are onscreen. Only real bright spots in this humdrum affair are Eli Wallach's every moment onscreen, and Hoffman providing a cameo. Avoid if possible. I give it an extra star, bc at least it isnt as terrible as most in the genre.
Second favourite to Love Actually. So sad I only watched it this Christmas. The stars are for the acting and the simple, sweet storytelling and narratives. I actually started liking Cameron Diaz after 10 years of being extremely skeptical about her. Yep, this is one movie where you don't want to literally kill her in every scene. Two simple (but way too complicated) stories, with two lovely happy endings!
Despite being funny... it's just another CDiaz/JBlack possessing comedy. Although I must appreciate how the old Hollywood/ soundtrack topics were developed- nice & warm. Even relaxing in a way. Nevertheless, cheesy ending guaranteed.