The Holiday

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Genre: Comedies
Director: Nancy Meyers - American writer/director/producer, WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000)
Theatrical Release: 2006
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 136 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

The Brits and the Yanks join forces in this romantic Christmas comedy set in England and L.A. Kate Winslet is a British journalist caught in a cycle of unrequited love with her coworker, Jasper (Rufus Sewell). Jasper does his best to lead her on, and when he announces his engagement to another woman in the office, Winslet is crushed. Meanwhile, across the pond, Cameron Diaz is a high-strung movie-trailer editor who has just ended her relationship with Ethan (Edward Burns) after he accuses her of being emotionally unavailable. And, oh yes, he has sort of been sleeping with his receptionist. <BR><BR>Brokenhearted, Diaz and Winslet make contact through a vacation website and agree to swap homes for two weeks to escape their disastrous personal lives. Winslet takes off for Diaz's lavish L.A. pad, while Diaz arrives at Winslet's picturesque cottage right outside London. When Winslet's brother Graham (Jude Law) knocks at the door one night looking for his sister, he instead encounters Diaz, and sparks soon fly--despite the fact that they both know she won't be in town for long. Winslet, for her part, is busy mending her heart in sunny California, befriending Diaz's elderly neighbor, and making the acquaintance of film composer Miles (Jack Black). But her healing is abruptly interrupted when Jasper suddenly appears on her doorstep, having flown halfway round the world to make sure he still has her under his spell. Miles apart, Winslet and Diaz find themselves at the crux of all rom-com crises: how to follow your heart, while still being true to yourself. While THE HOLIDAY's whimsical plot can at times feels stretched thinner than Diaz's legs, fans of the genre will no doubt find Winslet's thespian charms, Law's dimples, and the high-fashion wardrobes quite enough to give them their chick-flick fix.;

Language Usage   Subtitled
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   for sexual content and some strong language.
Nancy Meyers - American writer/director/producer, WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000)
Nancy Meyers - American writer/director/producer, WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000)
Nancy Meyers - American writer/director/producer, WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000)
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
Cameron Diaz - American Actress/THE MASK
Jack Black - Actor, HIGH FIDELITY
Kate Winslet - Osca-winning British actress, THE READER, TITANIC (1997), ET
Eli Wallach - Star, NAKED CITY (1960)
Rufus Sewell - Actor, A KNIGHT'S TALE
Shannyn Sossamon - Actress, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS (2002), WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE
John Krasinski - American actor, THE OFFICE (U.S. VERSION)
Dean Cundey - American Director Of Photography
Bruce A. Block - co-producer
Jennifer Eatz - Assoc. Producer, THE HOLIDAY, (2006)
Suzanne Farwell - Assoc. Producer, THE HOLIDAY, (2006)
Joe Hutshing - Editor, BROKEN ARROW (1996)
Hans Zimmer - Composer
Entertainment Weekly
12/15/2006
"The dialogue has a perky synthetic sheen....Meyers brings out the best in her actors..." -- Grade: B-
New York Times
12/08/2006
"Ms. Winslet is always a welcome screen presence....Ms. Meyers always has something to give."
Total Film
02/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Jack Black's uncommonly restrained turn as Kate's new beau, the TENACIOUS D star toning down his usual hysterics to charming, winning and surprisingly touching effect."
Sight and Sound
02/01/2007
"[W]ith a likeable cast and credible romantic unions, it still has the power to move us..."
Empire
12/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here is some real charm along the way..."

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