Holiday
I don’t know … it’s just not Tenacious D without KG.

Theatrical Release Date: 12/08/2006
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach

Holy crap, I’m going to write a favorable review about a movie that stars Cameron Diaz.

For the last five years or more, she’s been on my list for people I’d like to see stuffed in a mini-van and driven off a cliff to a fiery demise.

Now don’t get me wrong, she’s still on the list but she’s not terrible in Nancy Meyers’ “The Holiday”.

A film using the Christmas backdrop to garner every last drop of romanticism, the premise is that two ladies unlucky in love swap homes (in L.A. and England) for two weeks … in the initial hopes of getting a break from their lives, sans men.

Well, as fate and Hollywood script would have it, they find what they’ve been missing across the ocean and begin to take control of their lives rather than have it dictated to them.

If you don’t know the ending and all of the twists to this film just by seeing the trailer, you might need to take an I.Q. test. I’m not saying you’re mentally challenged … no, wait … yes I am.

I’m a big sap for these kinds of movies, a la “Love Actually” which also plays on our Christmas heartstrings. So I guess it’s no big surprise that I liked “The Holiday”.

The acting is decent all around. Kate Winslet, Eli Wallach and Jude Law have the easiest time of it, getting the more fleshed out characters. Jack Black, Rufus Sewell and Cameron Diaz are fine in their roles, though they don’t have quite the same development.

Actually, Diaz probably has the most screen time but seeing as I don’t find her attractive, or that good of an actress (i.e. my mini-van scenario), her scenes are less than inspiring unless Jude is in them as well.

If you’re a hopeless romantic, luckless sap or your relationship is going well, you’re going to like this film. If predictable, sappy films drive you nuts, feel free to leave this on the rental shelves. It’s as simple as that.

Also, this film pulled the very unfair trick of playing not one but two Imogen Heap songs (albeit one under her side project moniker of Frou Frou). When those songs start up, you could be playing snuff film footage and I’d probably get all teary.

As such, I’m giving “The Holiday” a 3 out of 5 and it’s going into my Christmas movie rotation (a tradition which I have Audrey Hess to thank for starting) and I’ll probably pop it in a few more times when I’m feeling either overly or under loved.

Damn, I can’t believe I just recommend a Cameron Diaz movie. I need a very hot shower.