Monday, December 18, 2006

The Holiday

Over the weekend C. and I saw The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. I was afraid it was going to be awful because it's written and directed by schlockmeister Nancy Meyer (Something's Gotta Give? Yes, it does!), but, actually, as I reference imdb.com, I see that she's also done several movies that I like, such as 1987's Baby Boom and 1984's Irreconcilable Differences. Ok, I havne't seen Irreconcilable Differences since I was 8, but back then, that was a film full of nuance.
While The Holiday did have some treacly and predicable moments, overall we both really enjoyed it - although maybe I'm just saying that because I saw it with my very pregnant sister and we both miss our husbands. And Jude Law is so very, very pretty. Jude Law is so pretty he makes Cameron Diaz look like a dog. So, it's about two women who find themselves unlucky in love, so they switch houses for two weeks, one goes to LA the other to Surrey, and, there, they find themselves lucky in love - what a surprise. Jack Black, once again delegated to supporting role status, is excellent as the music composer/love interest of Winslet. I love the scene where he walks through a rental shop, picking up movies and singing their theme songs. It was like I was transported back to High Fidelity (just the good parts.) ITEM! Jack Black is totally hot in this movie.
Meyer attempts to pat herself on the back with multiple references to old Hollywood and the great movies of yore, when leading ladies had "gumption" and movies "meant something." The Holiday is unlikely to be remembered in twenty years as having meant anything, but it could be just the perfect date-with-your-pregnant-sister-movie of the season.

Oooo - last night we watched Superman Returns - terrible! The only two redeeming features are the impossibly handsome Christopher Reeve look-a-like Brandon Routh (where'd they find that guy?), and, for us, the distraction of wondering where we'd seen James Marsden before (Cyclops! I didn't recognize you without your glasses!)

7 comments:

Deevan said...

Nice Jackie Harvey reference there.

I don't have (and hopefully won't have, any time in the near future) a pregnant sister. Should I go see this movie?

Special K said...

Let me think... do you happen to know anyone with a huge Jude Crush?

Caitlin said...

Ooooohh!! Ooooh! I know who has a huge Jude crush!! Oh!

Kathy Mulder said...

Andy has a big Jack Black crush (well Tenacious D anyway). Should we go see it? And I'll go see any movie that makes Cameron look ugly!
BTW, did anyone see SNL with her boyfriend Justin Timberlake? Anyone catch the music video (a tribute to Color Me Badd I think) with JT amd Andy Samberg? If not, you must go to You Tube their names and box - you will find it:)

Kathy Mulder said...

Oops! I meant to say go to You Tube, type their names and the word box and you will find the video.

Special K said...

Oh, how cute - a Man Crush! (: I believe I found it, yes?

Kathy Mulder said...

Yup, that's it! Te he he. Kind of reminds me of early 90's romantic pop. Especially with the mustard yellow and teal baggy shirts. It's too funny!!! To all the men out there - this is not an appropriate Christmas present, just in case you were getting any ideas!