• Publication date: October 13, 2011

Two Women Swap Their Homes & Countries The Holiday: An Escape to Romance

American Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and English native Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) are two women from two different continents who share one common problem: men. For years Iris and coworker Jasper (Rufus Sewell) have had intermittent affairs, and while neither acknowledged any kind of formal relationship, Iris harbored romantic feelings for Jasper � and assumed the feeling was mutual. So when Jasper announced his engagement to another woman Iris was understandably heartbroken and felt betrayed.

American Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and English native Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) are two women from two different continents who share one common problem: men. For years Iris and coworker Jasper (Rufus Sewell) have had intermittent affairs, and while neither acknowledged any kind of formal relationship, Iris harbored romantic feelings for Jasper � and assumed the feeling was mutual. So when Jasper announced his engagement to another woman Iris was understandably heartbroken and felt betrayed.

Meanwhile in the United States Amanda learns that her boyfriend, Ethan Ebbers (Edward Burns) has been unfaithful and so their relationship comes to an abrupt end. Not long afterward Iris posts a somewhat unorthodox advertisement on the Internet proposing a house swap with another professional woman, in any part of the world.

Amanda, a big shot movie trailer editor, encounters the journalist's ad and decides to exchange her sunny Los Angeles mansion for a quiet and quaint home in Surrey, England. At first the relocation is a shock, but eventually she cozies up with Graham (Jude Law), Iris' brother. What was initiated as a simple one-night stand quickly transforms into romance; consequently, Amanda's upcoming return to America seems to arrive much too soon.

Similarly, in California, Iris is soaking up the sun and indulging in everything LA has to offer. She eventually meets Miles (Jack Black), an associate of Ethan's still reeling over his girlfriend's infidelity. Miles' gruff and carefree attitude meshes well with Iris' personality and a romance begins to spark.

Both women seem to have found what they are looking for. Unfortunately, it seems they must eventually leave their dreams behind � but must they really?

The Holiday won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Chick Flick, in addition to an MTV Movie Award nomination. At the box office the picture was a knockout success, earning over $205 million around the world, easily recuperating its seemingly steep $85 million budget. The soundtrack features a number of great and recognizable tunes by the likes of Wham!, James Taylor, Al Green, Kylie Minogue, and many more.

Year: 2006

Duration: 138 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring:

Cameron Diaz

Kate Winslet

Jude Law

Jack Black

Director: Nancy Meyers

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.