Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.
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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.
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The Story is about two women who trade homes "only to find that a change of address can change their lives." Amanda (Cameron Diaz) is a workaholic who owns a company that produces movie trailers in Los Angeles, and scenes concerning her are occasionally accompanied by narration in the voice of (Hal Douglas). 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, even though she broke up with him after he cheated on her with another girl in the office. At the office Christmas party, her boss announces the engagement of Jasper Bloom to the other girl, and Iris is deeply hurt. Meanwhile, Amanda discovers that her live-in boyfriend (Edward Burns) has cheated on her with his 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” (on the recommendation of friends who had tried it before). Amanda reads the description and decides it sounds idyllic. She messages Iris about her interest. Iris, despairing over the situation with Jasper, is excited about the prospect of going somewhere far away.
At first, the swap seems uneven; Iris revels in the luxury of Amanda's Los Angeles home, while Amanda suffers a series of disappointments in Surrey. The cab is unable to take her to Iris's house because of the snow and the narrowness of the road, and drops her nearby, forcing her to walk the rest of the way. She reaches the cottage to find that it is smaller than she expected. She 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. Things turn around for Amanda later that night when Iris’ brother Graham (Jude Law) knocks at the door assuming Iris is home. They both build a quick chemistry for each other. He requests her to let him stay this night as he has been drinking at the pub and doesn't want to drive. They kiss unexpectedly, and end up sleeping with each other. In the morning Graham gets a call and while Amanda is handing him his cell she notices the name "Sophie". Both of them make it clear that they are not looking for a relationship. Amanda is planning on leaving that afternoon, but Graham asks her to have dinner with him if she changes her mind. Amanda changes her mind at the very last minute, and meets Graham in the pub. They spend the evening and the next day together getting to know one another better. Graham gets another call, this time from someone named Olivia, and Amanda perceives that he is a busy man with lots of girlfriends. Amanda shares with Graham the secret that she has not cried since the day she and her parents, the "Three Musketeers," were sundered by divorce when she was fifteen. He tells her that he is a major weeper. They grow closer but Amanda is still worried about the relationship becoming "complicated", and tries to keep Graham at arm's length.
Meanwhile in LA, Iris is enjoying the stay at Amanda's house. Miles (Jack Black), Amanda's ex-boyfriend's friend, comes with his girlfriend Maggie (Shannyn Sossamon) to Amanda's house to pick up his friend’s belongings. Iris tells him that she would like to check with Amanda's assistant first and asks him to come back later. Later while returning from shopping she finds an old man Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach) standing lost at the corner, and escorts him home. She learns that he was script writer during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He is a retired man and a widower and lives a solitary life, so she asks if he would like to accompany her for dinner. He shares stories of the Golden Age of Hollywood and asks why she chooses to be alone spending a time with such an old man. He senses her depression. She tells him about Jasper, and he ex
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