Monday 4th January 2010

The Holiday

Director: Nancy Meyers
Year: 2006
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

This did not start off well. To begin with, the two female characters were extremely unlikeable. Thankfully, the introduction of the male characters (I don't think it would be a surprise to call them the love interests) improved things. For those of you with eagle eyes, you'll probably have noticed that this is (already) the second film of my year with Jude Law in; meaning his presence was likely going to help my enjoyment...

The Holiday is about two females, one living in London and one living in LA, who have miserable love lives. They decide, in an effort to escape these lives (and the horrible men in them), to exchange houses for two weeks over Christmas.

By the end of the film, things have improved. Instead of me wishing Diaz and Winslet would just stop whinging and grow up, I was willing to accept it as a standard romantic comedy. Nothing special, but better than it may at first seem.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.