Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) are the heartbroken duo on The Holiday, both heartbroken as they head across the Atlantic for the holiday season. Iris makes the spur of the moment decision to swap houses for the holidays and heads to sunny Los Angeles, and Amanda finds herself in a quaint, snowy Surrey village. While they explicitly stated that the reason for their respective travels was to avoid men at all costs, love soon finds them when Iris meets Amanda’s colleague Miles (Jack Black) and Amanda from Iris’ handsome brother Graham ( Jude Law) is being courted. .
“Sweet Home Alabama” proves that for Melanie, home is heart, but “The Holiday” changes that idea as both Amanda and Iris find love far from home when they had given up all hope of ever finding happiness . Not only do they find love, but Iris and Amanda also learn about themselves, with Amanda becoming more in touch with her feelings and Iris becoming more confident in herself so that she is no longer bullied in relationships.
It may be predictable and cheesy, but The Holiday is a perfectly festive film with a joy that makes it a charming film to watch any time of the year. Like “Sweet Home Alabama,” watching something you know will have a happy ending can be comforting, and “The Holiday” feels like a warm, comforting hug.