Friday Flicks

Friday Flicks: The Holiday


Welcome to Friday Flicks! Every Friday I pick a movie and provide a little insight about from a viewer’s perspective.

Our movie for today is the 2006 star-studded romantic comedy The Holiday directed by Nancy Meyers.

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Ratings:

  • IMDB – 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 47%
  • Me – 6.9/10

 

About the Movie

Two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Kate Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Cameron Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful.

Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside.

Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham (Jude Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Eli Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Jack Black).

 

Why You Should Watch It

Jude Law. Kate Winslet. Cameron Diaz. Jude Law. Jack Black. Jude Law.

The cast itself is a holiday! You think it’s a cliche movie that will offer no substance just because they built a solid cast (some movies, especially romantic ones, tend to do that).

Have you seen Cameron Diaz genuinely angry? Have you been tired to see Kate Winslet makes her way into your heart? Have you seen Jack Black played a romantic role? Jude Law? Just, Jude Law.

Warning! It will also make you go on a holiday. From the homey feeling in Iris’ warm small haven placed in a cold winter town, to Amanda’s huge mansion with Olympic pool placed strategically in the high end of California – you’d catch yourself booking a plane ticket (maybe not exactly to those destinations, but still).

 

My Key Takeaways

  • The beauty of travelling: sometimes we get tired of the things and places around us that all we need to “restart” our soul is to travel. It brings a sort of therapeutic  effect on your health in all aspects.
  • Let go of the person that treats you like shit – seriously. Sometimes forgiving someone is not a good way in a long run. Some people are worth forgiving, while some are worth punching in the face, with a 10 wheeler truck. Might as well send them away.
  •  Go for the nice guy – ladies, let’s admit it. Some weird stage in our life we are so attracted to the bad boys – the rebels, the “cool” figure, the one who seems like they can take anything. It will take some time for you to realize that you should probably go for someone with a kind heart, someone ready to listen, someone that you can call your best friend, and most importantly – someone you’re sure loves you wholeheartedly.
  • Sometimes the only person you need to love is yourself. Nuff said.
  • It’s possible to fin unique joy in unexpected places – as long as you’re true to yourself and know what true happiness is.

 

Awards

  • Irish Film & Television Awards for Bets International Actress, Kate Winslet(Nominated) 2015
  • Teen choice Awards for Choice Hissy Fit: Film, Cameron Diaz (Nominated) 2016
  • Teen choice Awards for Choice Movie: Chick Flick (Won) 2016

 

Tasty Trivia!

  • Dustin Hoffman said his cameo in the film was not scripted or planned. Coincidentally, he drove back the DVD shop whilst Kate Winslet and Jack Black were inside filming a scene, noticed all the cameras outside and decided to stop in and see what was happening. He knew director Nancy Meyers, and together they created a scene he appeared in which eventually made the cut.
  • The script was written specifically with these cast in mind. The writers incorporated each actors strengths in the movie.
  • The website Iris and Amanda use to exchange houses is actually a real website, called home exchange.com.
  • The “boob graze” line in the sushi bar came about because Jack Black accidentally grazed director Nancy Meyers’ boob and she found the interaction so funny, she wrote it into the script the next day.
  • Kate Winslet’s dance when she first arrives in LA was entirely improvised.
  • Meyers knows Lindsay Lohan because she directed The Parent Trap, and asked her to film a fake movie trailer for The Holiday as a favor. Lohan was immediately up for it, and James Franco signed up soon after.
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