Tuesday 18th January 2022

The Holiday (12A)
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Cameron Diaz momentarily wanders into Hobbiton
Cameron Diaz momentarily wanders into Hobbiton

Nancy Meyers is a lady who has officially made it in to my little book of good directors. She's not a great director, like Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola or Kurosawa, but the films she writes and directs are definitely worth watching.

Her latest is another fine example of what she is good at: it's a delightful romantic comedy with a solid mixture of emotion, humour and romance. Carefully written with the actors in mind, as she did on Something's Gotta Give, Meyers has crafted a wonderfully festive and enjoyable chick-flick. And because I'm a big girl, I'm allowed to enjoy it too.

The story follows Amanda (Cameron Diaz), a successful American woman who splits up with her boyfriend and decides she needs a holiday. Meanwhile, Iris (Kate Winslet) is finally tired of being messed around by the ex-boyfriend whom she still loves and also decides to take a break over the Christmas holiday.

After a brief chat on the internet, the two singletons decide to do a house swap for two weeks, trading an idyllic, snow-bound Surrey cottage for a luxurious Los Angeles house with swimming pool and all mod-cons.

However, it wouldn't be a romantic comedy without some romance, would it? While struggling to keep warm and not drink herself into a stupor in England, Amanda encounters Iris' brother (Jude Law) and tries not to fall in love with him (but not too hard). Iris, meanwhile, befriends a very old Hollywood screenwriter and teaches him how to walk again. Oh, and she also falls in love with Jack Black's character, who composes movie scores.

Anyway, the fact is this is a delightful rom-com that is a must-see if you are in to festive films, or anything from Pretty Woman to Love Actually to The Apartment. If you're of an emotional disposition, there are bits in this that will probably make you cry, and the saccharine ending doesn't quite tie up all the loose ends, but it is still a very accomplished film that does exactly what it promises. And it's pretty funny too.

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Length: 138 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 8th December 2006

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