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The Holiday

Theatrical release poster
Directed byNancy Meyers
Produced byNancy Meyers
Bruce A. Block
Written byNancy Meyers
StarringCameron Diaz
Kate Winslet
Jude Law
Jack Black
Shannyn Sossamon
Eli Wallach
Edward Burns
Rufus Sewell
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyDean Cundey
Editing byJoe Hutshing
StudioColumbia Pictures
Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (USA)
Universal Pictures (International)
Release date(s)December 8, 2006 (2006-12-08)
Running time136 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$205,135,175
 
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The Holiday

Theatrical release poster
Directed byNancy Meyers
Produced byNancy Meyers
Bruce A. Block
Written byNancy Meyers
StarringCameron Diaz
Kate Winslet
Jude Law
Jack Black
Shannyn Sossamon
Eli Wallach
Edward Burns
Rufus Sewell
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyDean Cundey
Editing byJoe Hutshing
StudioColumbia Pictures
Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (USA)
Universal Pictures (International)
Release date(s)December 8, 2006 (2006-12-08)
Running time136 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$205,135,175

The Holiday is a 2006 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios, it stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holiday season. Jude Law and Jack Black co-star, with Eli Wallach, Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell playing key supporting roles.

Released to mixed or average reviews by critics, the film became a global box office success, grossing $205 million worldwide, mostly from its international run.[3] Diaz garnered an ALMA Award nomination for her performance, while Winslet was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award the following year.[4] The film itself won the 2007 Teen Choice Award in the Chick Flick category.[4]

Contents

Plot

The story is about two women who trade homes "only to find that a change of address can change their lives." Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) is a workaholic who owns a company that produces movie trailers in Los Angeles. Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) is a society column editor for The Daily Telegraph in London.

Iris has been in love with Jasper Bloom (Rufus Sewell) for over three years, despite his unfaithful tendencies. When she finds out that he is engaged to the "other woman," Iris begins despairing over the state of affairs in her life. Meanwhile, Amanda discovers that her live-in boyfriend Ethan Ebbers (Edward Burns) has cheated on her with his 24-year-old secretary. She decides she wants to get away for the holidays. She visits a home swap website on which Iris had previously listed her "quaint cottage in Surrey.” Amanda messages Iris about her interest. Iris quickly agrees and the two agree to swap homes for two weeks.

Iris revels in the luxury of Amanda's Los Angeles home, while Amanda is disappointed by the slower, quieter pace of life in Surrey. Amanda grows bored after just a few hours of trying to find something to do, and books a flight back to LA for the next day. Later that night, Iris’ brother Graham (Jude Law) knocks at the door assuming Iris is home. Graham asks Amanda to let him spend the night despite the fact that he is a stranger, as he has been drinking at the pub and doesn't want to drive. They end up sleeping together.

In the morning Graham receives a number of phone calls from Sophie and Olivia which rouses the suspicions of Amanda that Graham is a womanizer. Graham, knowing that Amanda is leaving to return home, says to Amanda "that if the flight gets cancelled, he is having dinner at the pub with friends. At the airport, just as Amanda's tickets are being processed, she decides to stay and goes to the pub. Graham enters the pub, looks for her but cannot see her until he meets his friends and then sees Amanda. Amanda drinks far too much that night. Graham suggests they go to lunch to get to know one another better. During lunch, Amanda shares with Graham, that her parents divorced when she was fifteen and since then she has been unable to cry. Graham responds that he cries all the time: Movies, books, sad stories etc,. While obviously enjoying each others' company, Amanda is worried that the relationship will become "complicated," and tries to keep Graham at arm's length.

Meanwhile in LA, Iris is enjoying the stay at Amanda's house. She meets Ethan's friend Miles (Jack Black) when he comes with his girlfriend Maggie (Shannyn Sossamon) to Amanda's house. Later, she finds an old man, Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach) standing lost at the corner, and escorts him home. She learns that he was a script writer during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The two become fast friends. Arthur notes that Iris' behavior toward Jasper does not match her strong personality, and he suggests movies for her to watch that include strong female characters, in hopes that she can acquire what he calls "gumption." Iris finds out that the Screenwriters' Guild wants to throw a grand celebration in Arthur's honor, but he is reluctant to go for several reasons, chief among them being that he cannot walk without the assistance of his walker, and does not want to embarrass himself. Iris encourages him to go because it's a real honor, and promises to help him prepare to attend the award function with her. She undertakes an exercise program with him, determined to help him walk without his walker. During these days Jasper contacts her several times to get her to help with the book he is writing. She agrees to look over his pages, but ends up being so busy that she doesn't have time.

Amanda chooses not to see Graham again but once alone in the house she has a change of heart and surprises Graham at his house. He looks extremely nervous at the door, looking over his shoulder inside the house. Amanda asks Graham whether he is alone, and he says he isn't. However, before she can turn away, Olivia and Sophie come to the door, revealing that they are in fact Graham's daughters. Amanda is shocked and asks Graham in a whisper if he is divorced. He says no, because his wife died two years ago. Amanda asks him why he did not reveal the existence of his daughters to her during their sharing at lunch. Graham reveals that he doesn't usually tell women about them because he doesn't know how to date and be a dad. Amanda fits in beautifully, making Graham reconsider his decision to keep their relationship strictly casual.

Iris and Miles have slowly become friends, and one night go to the video store to rent some movies that Arthur had recommended. From the video store Miles sees his girlfriend Maggie in the arms of another guy. He is shocked, as she told him that she would be in Santa Fe on an extended film shoot and would not be in L.A. for this Christmas Eve. He runs out of the store to find out the truth and realizes that she has betrayed him. Both return to Amanda's house, where they discuss their tendencies to fall for people that they know are wrong for them, and grow closer for it. Since they are now both single, they allow their natural chemistry to flow a little more, and they grow closer and hang out more often. But one day while Miles & Iris are eating lunch together, Maggie calls Miles and wants to see him. Miles leaves to see her, but promises to come to Arthur’s award ceremony that night. Iris goes back to Amanda's where she is shocked to find Jasper. Iris is touched at first, but then asks if he is still engaged. When he responds that he is, she finally breaks up with him for good. Meanwhile Maggie tries in vain to convince Miles to forgive her. He realizes that Maggie was never meant for him and he can never trust her anymore. He breaks up with her and rushes to attend Arthur’s award ceremony.

Iris and Arthur arrive at the ceremony and is very surprised to find the hall filled with people all standing and applauding for his achievements. That, plus the song that Miles wrote especially for Arthur for this moment, gives him the confidence to walk onto the stage unassisted. Miles arrives and asks Iris for a date on New Year's Eve. Iris responds that she will be back in London by then, however, Miles says "I have never been to London." Iris responds she would love to spend the evening with Miles.

Meanwhile, Graham confesses his love for Amanda on the night before she is scheduled to depart for L.A. But Amanda despairs that if she stays in L.A. and he in London, the long distance relationship will never work. She insists that this be the end, but on her way to the airport, she cries for the first time since she was fifteen years of age. She realises that her feelings for Graham are more powerful than her fears and returns to the house to find Graham crying. Amanda tells him that she has decided to stay until New Year's Eve with him, and they hug knowing that this is just the beginning.

The movie ends in Graham’s place. Iris with Miles and Amanda with Graham and his daughters enjoying the New Year laughing and dancing.

Cast

Extended Simpkins family include Miffy Englefield and Emma Pritchard as Sophie and Olivia, Graham's daughters, respectively. The film also cast Bill Macy as Ernie and Shelley Berman as Norman, friends of Arthur, as well as Kathryn Hahn as Bristol and John Krasinski as Ben, Amanda's employees. Jon Prescott appears as Maggie's short-time affair.

Dustin Hoffman appears in the video rental store in an uncredited cameo as Jack Black talks about the score from The Graduate. According to Hoffman, this was unscripted and unexpected. He was going to Blockbuster for a movie, saw all the light and came over to see what was going on. He knew director Nancy Meyers, who scripted a short scene with him in it. Lindsay Lohan, who had made her motion picture debut in Meyers' remake of The Parent Trap (1998), and James Franco, a friend of Meyers, make uncredited appearances in the fictional Deception trailer, on which Amanda and her team are working.[6]

Production

Location

Filming on location in Godalming.

Production on The Holiday began in Los Angeles, then moved to England for a month before completing filming back in California.[12] Principal photography began in the Brentwood area on the Westside of Los Angeles, where real Santa Ana winds reportedly gave Meyers and her team a winter day as warm as scripted in the screenplay.[12] Although Amanda's home is set in Brentwood, the exterior scenes at the gated property were actually filmed in front of Southern California architect Wallace Neff's Mission Revival house in San Marino, a suburb adjacent to Pasadena. Neff had built the house for his family in 1928. The interiors of Amanda's house were filmed at Sony Studios in Culver City.[12] Other Los Angeles locations included Arthur's house in Brentwood and Miles' house, designed by Richard Neutra, which is situated on Neutra Place in L.A.’s Silver Lake area, near downtown.[12]

The UK part of the film was partially shot in Godalming and Shere, villages in the county of Surrey in South East England that date back to the 11th century.[12]

Reception

Critical response

The critical consensus was summarized by Rotten Tomatoes as: "while sweet and somewhat touching, lacks any surprises and eventually overstays its welcome" with Rotten Tomatoes rating it 46% based on 130 reviews.[2] Metacritic gave the film a rating of 52% based on 31 selected critics, based on what it called mixed or average reviews.[13]

Box office

The film opened at #3 in the U.S. Box Office raking in $12,778,913 in the weekend of December 8, 2006. The film grossed $205,135,175, worldwide, and is considered a financial success.[citation needed] According to Box Office Mojo The Holiday made over $200,000,000 gross at the global box office, with $63,000,000 of it made in the United States and Canada.[1]

Soundtrack

The Holiday
Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, various artists
ReleasedJanuary 9, 2007
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length48:12
LabelVarèse Sarabande
ProducerHans Zimmer, Nancy Meyers, Robert Townson

The official soundtrack contains music by various artists, Heitor Pereira and Hans Zimmer, and is released on the Varèse Sarabande label.

Track listing
  1. "Maestro" by Hans Zimmer - 3:53
  2. "Iris and Jasper" by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe - 3:24
  3. "Kayak for One" by Ryeland Allison - 1:30
  4. "Zero" by Hans Zimmer and Atli Örvarsson - 2:44
  5. "Dream Kitchen" by Hans Zimmer and Henry Jackman - 1:35
  6. "Separate Vacations" by Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe and Imogen Heap - 1:47
  7. "Anything Can Happen" by Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira - 0:48
  8. "Light My Fire" by Hans Zimmer - 1:14
  9. "Definitely Unexpected" by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe - 3:34
  10. "If I Wanted To Call You" by Hans Zimmer and Atli Örvarsson - 1:50
  11. "Roadside Rhapsody" by Hans Zimmer and Henry Jackman - 1:39
  12. "Busy Guy" by Hans Zimmer and Henry Jackman - 1:28
  13. "For Nancy" by Hans Zimmer, Atli Orvarsson and Lorne Balfe - 1:27
  14. "It's Complicated" by Hans Zimmer and Imogen Heap - 1:00
  15. "Kiss Goodbye" by Heitor Pereira and Herb Alpert - 2:33
  16. "Verso E Prosa" by Heitor Pereira - 1:59
  17. "Meu Passado" by Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman and Lorne Balfe - 1:25
  18. "The 'Cowch'" by Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Lorne Balfe and Imogen Heap - 2:42
  19. "Three Musketeers" by Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Lorne Balfe and Imogen Heap - 2:44
  20. "Christmas Surprise" by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe - 2:32
  21. "Gumption" by Hans Zimmer, Atli Orvarsson and Henry Jackman - 3:45
  22. "Cry" by Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe and Heitor Pereira - 2:39
  23. "It's a Shame" by the Spinners

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "The Holiday Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_holiday. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  3. ^ "The Holiday (2006)". The-Numbers.com. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2006/HOLID.php. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Awards for The Holiday". IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457939/awards. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  5. ^ a b Carnevale, Rob. "The Holiday - Cameron Diaz Interview". indieLONDON. IndieLondon.co.uk. http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/the-holiday-cameron-diaz-interview. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  6. ^ a b c Brevet, Brad (2006-12-05). "Chatting The Holiday With Nancy Meyers". RopeOfSilicon.com. http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/chatting_the_holiday_with_nancy_meyers. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  7. ^ a b c Kirschling, Gregory (2007-12-05). "The Conversation: Kate Winslet and Nancy Meyers". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1567713,00.html. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  8. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Kate Winslet Discusses The Holiday". About.com. About.com. http://movies.about.com/od/theholiday/a/holidaykw112806.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  9. ^ a b "The Holiday". Hollywood One-One. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In60-HLup68. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  10. ^ a b Carnevale, Rob. "The Holiday - Nancy Meyers Interview". indieLONDON. IndieLondon.co.uk. http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/the-holiday-nancy-meyers-interview. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  11. ^ a b Foley, Jack. "The Holiday - Jack Black Interview". indieLONDON. IndieLondon.co.uk. http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/the-holiday-jack-black-interview. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Long Distance Relationships & Locations". SonyPictures.com. http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/theholiday/. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  13. ^ "The Holiday (2006)". Metacritic. CBS. http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-holiday. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 

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