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The Holiday
DVD disk
Mar 28, 2007 By: Quigles
The Holiday order
Director:
Nancy Meyers

Actors:
Cameron Diaz
Kate Winslet
Jude Law

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lovelorn British hottie switches homes with a rich, job-obsessed American (who's only semi-hot). Romantic entanglements ensue.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
With two barely connected stories and a massively overlong 138-minute runtime, THE HOLIDAY really feels like two pictures instead of one. On the bright side, this certainly opens up the possibilities of the viewer getting at least something out of one of them (if not both). And if that same viewer is a fan of the actors, then those possibilities skyrocket.

Although the settings (sunny LA and snowy England) add a great deal to each side of the stories, this is mostly a character-driven piece. The downside here is that nobody acts natural. Characters hop around wildly when they're happy, make goofy faces when they do something embarrassing, talk to themselves non-stop when nobody's around, etc. - basically, exactly how you'd expect people to act in a romantic comedy... times ten. It all comes down to the actors to make it work. The charming and beautiful Kate Winslet is able to pull off the style effortlessly, and Cameron Diaz's character also seems custom-built for her. Unfortunately, that custom-built character is really starting to grate the nerves. She's always playing, well, herself. There's only so many times you can see Diaz as the goofy but hot and loveable love interest before it gets dull, and THE HOLIDAY puts that in perspective.

Jude Law also seems pretty standard nowadays, as the suave yet mildly awkward womanizer. But at least he doesn't annoy. And, in a turn that will be surprising for some, neither does Jack Black. He easily gets the least screen time out of the bunch, but he's still a very effective love interest. Those who dislike him should be happy with how dialed-down his role is, but at the time his fans will be happy because of how he's able to make the part his own (gotta love that singing of his!). It's a win-win situation for everybody.

Writer/director Nancy Myers seems to not mind being predictable and unoriginal, and this is especially evident in finding out what all of the character's job occupations are (each one has to do with either writing or film - talk about taking the "write what you know" lesson to heart). You really just have to accept that the film isn't trying to break any boundaries or move away from the genre clichés. In fact, it kind of embraces them. Hell, at some points, it even deconstructs them (as such with the movie trailer narration over Diaz's character).

When you get right down to it, THE HOLIDAY is the movie equivalent of a Hallmark card. It's nice, pretty to look at, and it's just filled with artificial sentimentality. For some people, that's enough.
THE EXTRAS
Hardly anything. Just a dry commentary and a lousy featurette.

Audio Commentary (with writer/director Nancy Meyers and guests): This uninteresting commentary put me to sleep, with comments about the actors sounding as artificial as the script's dialogue. Still, big fans of the movie will probably enjoy it. The guests that pop in include: production designer (Jon Hutman), composer (Hans Zimmer), and film editor (Joe Hutshing).

Foreign Exchange (18:00): This is the usual making-of fluff, with numerous cast/crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Yawn.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE HOLIDAY is an above-average romantic comedy, which is to say it's not as horrible as most (and it's certainly better made). Half of the movie is mediocre (Diaz), and the other half is pleasantly entertaining (Winslet). The movie's not going to win any awards for originality, but it's a light bit of fluff that should keep the girls happy and the guys from killing themselves. Considering the quality of most other romantic comedies nowadays, that's a pretty big feat.
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