Iris Simkins (Kate Winslet) lives in Surrey, England and has just found out that her ex-boyfriend, whom she is still in love with, is about to get married to someone else. Halfway across the world in Los Angeles, Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) realizes that her boyfriend has been cheating on her.
Both women need some time away from their normal lives. They meet on a home exchange Web site and decide to swap houses for the holiday season. When they arrive at each other's house, all they want is peace and relaxation. The last thing they expect is to fall in love all over again.
In England, Amanda meets Graham (Jude Law), Iris' brother and, to her surprise, begins to fall for him. In California, Iris is introduced to Miles (Jack Black) who, with the help of a special neighbor, shows Iris how strong of a person she really is.
Although, with obstacles like ghosts of past lovers, the distance between England and California, and keeping secrets, falling in love isn't as easy as it seems.
Director Nancy Meyers has made "The Holiday" a well-written and entertaining story that just about anyone could relate to. With a great story line and good chemistry between all the actors, it is one of the best movies of the season. But, warning: It is a textbook example of a "chick flick." If you don't like love stories and cliches, you won't like this movie.
"The Holiday" is greatly inspiring and portrays Diaz and Winslet's characters as realistic women that go through the same problems that real women do. The cast is brilliant and Black provides funny moments throughout. You will find yourself laughing, crying, and smiling as you watch this movie. Make sure you bring some tissues!
Maria Materise is a sophomore at Clarence High School.