WHAT I LIKED: 'The Holiday,' is a lovely Christmas life-swap story about one recently separated millionaire film producer in LA (Cameron Diaz), and one lonely journalist in a quaint cottage in Surrey (Kate Winslet). As the former travels to England, she falls for a lovely Brit, and the latter falls for a lovely American, and the two both discover a life away from home that lends perspective to their usual reality. The conclusion is then about them bringing those lessons back to their real life, and that's all a rather lovely thing emphasised by lots of cheesy music, on-the-nose dialogue and charming, awkward romantic moments.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's all *hideously* overacted. You can almost hear director Nancy Myers behind the camera shouting "more," between takes as these A-list celebs milk every facial expression and cheesy line for what it's worth. Whilst it will certainly take you out of the, it story will either grate on your nerves or put a smile on your face, and for me it luckily did the latter.
VERDICT: Not a film for cynics, 'The Holiday,' is a lovely life-swap story that's hideously overacted and cheesily executed. Luckily in my eyes, that makes it the perfect Christmas film.