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!
It's a supreme irony that a film in which one of the major characters portrays a film editor is itself so poorly edited. If any film was in need of a trim, it's this overlong and self-indulgent bore. Brits Law and Winslet fair best but their American counterparts are sadly lacking; Diaz overacts wildly (and badly) and Black is subdued and out of his depth as a leading man. This is one holiday I wish I had cancelled..
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.