By Cynthia Fuchs,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Women swap homes in festive romcom; language, sex.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Romantic comedy features silly and sad situations (cheating partners, recollections of missing parents) in order to motivate the eventual appropriate coupling.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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, sake, and beer; cigarette smoking; reference to valium.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romcom will probably appeal to teens, 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.
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Predictable but cute.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
What's the appeal of romcoms? Does it bother you if the story is predictable? Why or why not?
How does this compare to other romantic comedies you've seen?
- 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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