The Hol­i­day (2006)

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The fairy­tale cot­tage that in­spired this film went on sale in Eng­land this week, just at the same mo­ment that cin­e­mas, in­clud­ing The Stella, in Rath­mines, be­gan reshow­ing it. You, per­haps, couldn’t call it a Christmas clas­sic, so much as one of those Christmas mo­ments when you open your present ex­pect­ing some­thing cool and it turns out to be scented can­dles or socks, again. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play Amer­i­can women flee­ing the fall­out of bro­ken re­la­tion­ships, but hop­ping across the pond in­evitably leads both of them to un­ex­pected ro­mance. Diaz and Jude Law make a fairly en­gag­ing cou­ple, while Winslet and Jack Black re­main an awk­ward pair­ing through­out. But the film’s truly funny mo­ments are as thinly scat­tered as the English snow.

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