Parents' Guide to

The Holiday

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Women swap homes in festive romcom; language, sex.

Movie PG-13 2006 138 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+

Predictable but cute.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (25):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 7, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: March 13, 2007
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 138 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for sexual content and some strong language.
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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