Written on: 08/12/2006 by The Daddy (70 reviews written)
Good old Christmas Rom Com
Jack Black on top form
Feel Good Fun
Slightly slow start
The Holiday is a cracking rom com that will have you laughing away and get you in the mood for a few gallons of festive cheer. It's shmaltzy, funny, overly sentimental and very apt for the Christmas season. This is a film that both men and women will enjoy - the girls will love the romantic elements and the gentleman will get by on the humour - mainly provided by Jack Black (who is on fine form).
The plot isn't rocket science but who cares? Amanda (Diaz) and Iris (Winslet) are both sick of men and strike up a friendship over the internet and they decide to swap lives (houses & cars) for two weeks over Christmas. Amanda is the driven LA blonde who struggles to show her emotions and Iris is the typical love-struck English rose. Upon the swap we are treated to the girls settling into their new temporary settings, but the real comedy starts when the gents take centre stage as Amanda jumps into a no-strings relationship with Graham (Law) and Iris begins two friendships - one with old timer Arthur (the next door neighbour) and the other with Miles (Jack Black), she is also desperately trying to get over Hugh Grant-a-like Jasper who has spurned her for a younger model.
High jinxs and plenty of comedy ensue as these characters all get to know each over the two weeks of mayhem.
There will be no surprises for guessing how this one ends and it will definitely be one of this winter's feel good films - if you love Christmas coupled with some good laughs then I recommend you give it a try.