The Holiday

  • Review Date: March 11, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Holiday-themed chick flick is OK for teens.
  • Review Date: March 11, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Romantic comedy features silly and sad situations (cheating partners, recollections of missing parents) in order to motivate the eventual appropriate coupling.

Violence

Amanda's movie trailer features explosions and stunts (very brief); Amanda punches Ethan, knocking him to the ground; Amanda hits her head on the cottage stair.

Sex

Several instances of kissing and embracing (twice in bed, though no nudity); two drunken sexual encounters -- characters drink together and discuss what happened later; two men admit cheating on their partners; discussions of "foreplay."

Language

Language includes one "f--k" and one near "f--k" (it's obvious what she's saying, though the word ends before the "k"); sexual slang ("shagging," "boob"); at least one of each of these: "s--t," "piss," "ass," "bitch," "hell," "codger," "schmuck."

Consumerism

Sony Vaio laptop, Audi , Lexus, Pepcid, Google.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drunkenness used as means to sexual liaisons; drinking in social situations (parties) as well as to assuage heartache; liquor, wine, saki, and beer; cigarette smoking; reference to valium.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday-themed chick flick will probably appeal to older tween and teen girls, who could get mixed messages from some of the characters' behavior. Several scenes focus on drinking and drunkenness; two of them lead to sexual encounters. This unsafe behavior is presented as cute comedy. Plus, a single father suggests that he sometimes gets drunk to "compartmentalize" his life and deal with his sadness over his lost wife and the pressures of being a fulltime dad. Characters frequently get emotional. A woman punches her cheating boyfriend so hard that he falls to the ground. A couple of "f--k"s and other minor language.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Trying to forget a romance gone wrong, London-based journalist Iris (Kate Winslet) trades her cottage for movie-trailer-editor Amanda's (Cameron Diaz) Beverly Hills mansion. Amanda is also angry at an ex-boyfriend. Book editor Graham (Jude Law) shows up drunk on the English cottage porch, expecting to be put up by his sister (Iris). He winds up having sex with lonely, angry, and perfectly witty Amanda instead. In L.A., Iris is charmed by her retired screenwriter neighbor (Eli Wallach), but soon finds her age-appropriate mate in composer Miles (Jack Black), who's grappling with his own relationship troubles, but seems instantly attracted to Iris as well.

Is it any good?

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Seasonal and sweet, THE HOLIDAY offers precious few surprises. Like almost every romantic comedy, it introduces the to-be-coupled characters, sets a couple of emotional obstacles in their paths, until at last -- 138 minutes later -- they realize what you've known all along.

While Black is plainly still too much in love with himself, he does bring a welcome energy to his role. Writer-director Nancy Meyers has developed a kind of shtick in which beautiful, wealthy, well-dressed characters articulate recognizable but abstract clichéd "issues" as substitutes for more compelling details or developments. Since such issues are easily fixed (or deflected) by the proper partner in movies, the plots tend to just go through the motions. The movie's one surprise may be that by the end, even Winslet, so consistently lovely and frankly brilliant, looks as stifled as Iris.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of swapping houses, lives, or situations, which is increasingly popular in the age of reality TV and the Internet. Who would you want to switch with? Where might you like to spend two weeks? Do you think it would turn out at all like the movie? What are the risks of swaps like this?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 7, 2006
DVD release date:March 13, 2007
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet
Director:Nancy Meyers
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:138 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for sexual content and some strong language.

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Adult Written bymisslizzie April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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I wasted my life. . . . .

This movie pushed the limit with PG 13 with sooooooo much sex. So unless you want to have to explain some things to your children, don't take them to see this. That was all it focused on with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. They really could have had an excellent story line with them, but ruined it with that being the only thing that preoccupied them. The Kate Winslet story was excellent, yet the film barely showed her. I was just really disappointed that they had to ruin a good story with sex. Believe it or not, relationships exist where that is not the main focus.
Adult Written bygrannysue April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Feeling Good!

I could tell the director was the same as on "Something's Gotta Give". This was even better. A true feel good movie all the characters were perfect for their parts. Lots of little tearful sweet tears at the end for us movie weepers. Can't wait to see it again and buy it when it comes out on DVD! A chick flick to the MAX!
Teen, 13 years old Written bytessiegirl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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sweet..

such a sweet movie!...

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