The Holiday || Movie Mondays

The Holiday || Movie Mondays

The Holiday is a 2006 movie starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. Two women are suffering from their love lives and decide to swap houses for the holiday season as a way to escape for a few weeks. But can two very different women survive the holidays in each other lives?

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The Plot

Two women on opposite sides of the world have had enough with their love lives. Iris, a writer for The Daily Telegraph, has been in love with the same man for years. Jasper, the object of her affection, uses this affection against her. When Iris learns that Jasper has gotten engaged, Iris is heartbroken. Meanwhile, Amanda, a hardcore business woman from LA discovers that her long-term boyfriend is cheating on her. Amanda decides to take a holiday and finds Iris on a house swapping website. Both women decide to swap houses for two weeks. Once they are in each other’s homes, they learn more about themselves.

Thoughts on the Story

If you are looking to do some New Year, New Me stuff, this movie could be a great source of inspiration. I’m not suggesting that you run away from your problems but don’t feel guilty about taking a holiday if you need one. Jude Law and Jack Black provide a great supporting cast as possible love interests. This is one of the first movies that I have seen which crosses American and British comedy cast. I also like the salute to the golden age of Hollywood with Arthur, the elderly screenwriter.


Sometimes we are looking for a solution to our problems and can’t see the wood for the trees. And sometimes we need to remove ourselves from the situation to gain clarity. You can literally take a holiday from your problems to help you see more clearly. This is the perfect pick me up movie if things haven’t been going the way that you hoped. Like Arthur says, sometimes you need some gumption.

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