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Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law


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Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange housesSee more details below


Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. Iris makes the acquaintance of an upbeat everyman played by Jack Black, while Amanda spends time with a handsome Brit played by Jude Law. Both women must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks.

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With The Holiday, director Nancy Meyers aspires to something more than your average chick flick. At least, that would seem to be her intention, since she's building a standard romantic comedy using nonstandard parts. Cameron Diaz is the only real genre veteran here, with Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black all relatively new to the experience. But instead of their outsider talents elevating the material, under Meyers, Winslet et al. fall quickly in line with genre norms. This leaves The Holiday -- a film about the desperate need for new scenery -- feeling all too familiar. Which isn't to say it's not a watchable piece of seasonal romantic fluff; just don't confuse it for more than that. Winslet, the most surprising inclusion in the cast, actually seems rather joyous, liberated from the serious demands of her more typical roles. Quite the opposite is the case for Black, who's usually the zaniest guy in the room, and seems a little subdued playing it straight. But the Tenacious D prankster does sneak in some of the improvisational scatting his fans love -- a much-needed, all-too-brief reminder of how going outside the box is supposed to feel. Too bad the Black-Winslet storyline gets the short shrift, given only a hasty romantic angle after she's already spent considerable time befriending an octogenarian screenwriter. Diaz' high-maintenance film editor gets more celluloid, even though she's harder to warm up to -- and not just because she's in an actual wintry environment. Law's charm makes that task a little easier, especially when a surprise revelation gives the impossibly handsome womanizer -- both onscreen and in real life -- some extra dimension. The Holiday may not be as different as its director envisioned, but the target audience should be happy enough in these familiar surroundings.

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Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Foreign Exchange: The Making of "The Holiday"; Commentary with Nancy Meyers and guests

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Diaz Amanda
Kate Winslet Iris
Jude Law Graham
Jack Black Miles
Eli Wallach Arthur
Edward Burns Ethan
Rufus Sewell Jasper
Miffy Englefield Sophie
Emma Pritchard Olivia
Sarah Parish Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon Maggie
Bill Macy Ernie
Shelley Berman Norman
Kathryn Hahn Bristol
John Krasinski Ben
Alex O'Loughlin Kissing Couple
Odette Yustman Kissing Couple
Bundle Williams Girl in Pub
Susan Dizon Newspaper Party Guest
Terry Diab Newspaper Editor
Kenneth Danziger Editor-in-Chief
Hope Riley Smith-Alcott, Sarah
Gilbert Esquivel Gardener
Steven Bruns Couple on Plane
Nikki Novak Couple on Plane
Judith Drake Women in Plane
Pamela Dunlap Women on Plane
Hal Douglas Movie Trailer Narrator
Jay Simpson Limo Driver
Siobhan Pestano Couple With Dog
Charles Dinsdale Couple With Dog
Sarah Flind Market Clerk
Darlene Ann Harris Arthur's Nurse
Marcell Brown Airport Guard
Marina Morgan Graham's Friend
Lynden Edwards Graham's Friend
Lydia Blanco Marta
Jon Prescott Maggie's Boyfriend
Patrick Cavanaugh Young Man at WGA
Justin Collins Young Man at WGA
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor

Technical Credits
Nancy Meyers Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill W. Benton Sound Mixer
Bruce A. Block Producer
Jeff Blodgett Executive Producer
William Booker Asst. Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Darcy Crownshaw Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Jennifer Eatz Associate Producer
Suzanne Farwell Executive Producer
Robert Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
James Foster Art Director
Tim Fraser Sound Mixer
Robin Fredriksz Makeup
Sue Gibson Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Michelle Guish Casting
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound Mixer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
Casey Hotchkiss Camera Operator
Martin Hume Camera Operator
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Jane Jenkins Casting
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Linda Melazzo Makeup
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer
Joseph Riggs Murdock Camera Operator
Roz Music Makeup
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Chris Seager Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Alf Tramontin Camera Operator
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Dan Webster Art Director
David Worley Camera Operator
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Holiday
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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