Laurie Reel Thing Chick Flick Review: "The Holiday"

Okay. Before I tell you how much I LOVED this movie, let me just say that my numero uno chick flick pal (my sister) and I have been seeing coming attractions for it since (and I am not exaggerating here) last summer. In fact, we saw the trailer so many times that with no sign of the actual movie by Thanksgiving, we just assumed we had somehow missed its release. (What’s up with these coming attraction people anyway? You get all excited about seeing whatever it is that is coming soon to a theater near you, only to find out that “soon” is a month for which you don’t even have a calendar or clothes yet.)

Anyhoo, the coming attractions were so relentless and the combined star power (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, etc.) so dazzling, that I just assumed that the actual movie could in no way live up to the pre-release hype. I am happy to go on record here that (cue the drum roll): I was wrong. In fact, I’d say that “The Holiday” is up there as one of the best examples of the all-too-often dissed chick flick/romantic comedy “genre.”

The premise? Two single 30-somethings nursing broken hearts decide to switch houses and lives; Cameron trades her to-die-for sophisticated beachside spread for Kate’s oh-so-cozy little cottage in the English countryside. (It’s not as predictable as it sounds; there are some surprisingly good twists along the way.) Both Cameron and Kate are adorably believable and Jude Law, with his absolutely gorgeous blue eyes, had me at his first charmingly British accented “hello.” And while Jack Black is not my personal idea of a hunky male lead, he won me over with his funny patter and "Yes, I know I'm not most women's idea of eye candy" ways. (Plus, as an added bit of fun, Cameron’s character is a producer of movie trailers so the action will stop every so often to reveal a fake but authentic sounding coming attraction based on what she is going through.)

Looking for a good, light, fun, but still SMART chick flick? Go. Right now. (Personally, I would leave Him at home, but only you know your own guy’s tolerance level for this stuff. As for moi, mine is still complaining about being sucked into seeing “Running With Scissors.”) After you see it, please be sure to let me know what you think. (Was I right or was I right?)


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