05 Jan

The Holiday

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B+

Ah, the romantic comedy!  We see too few of these.  “The Holiday” is a delightful date night movie – some might call it a “chick flick” but both my husband and my 17 year old son enjoyed it and they usually cringe at chick flicks.

Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, whose characters are both suffering from recent break-ups, decide to switch houses for two weeks over the Christmas holiday. At first there’s a little bit of culture shock, but they each settle in nicely.  They each meet men, complications ensue, they learn just how great they are as women, and there’s a happy ending.  What more could you want?  I loved it!

Cameron Diaz is darling.  She overacts a little, she’s got that goofy thing going on, but somehow it works for her.  It’s so nice to see Kate Winslet in something light.  She’s a wonderful actress, and very good at comedy.  Jude Law is Cameron’s love interest, and he’s predictably charming.  We expect him to be the cad but he ends up being a really good guy.  Jack Black is sweet and sensitive as a composer who makes friends with Kate.  He’s very attractive in this role!

The girls both do a lot of drinking in this movie – but other than that, there’s nothing objectionable for young teens.

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