'Holiday' Sweet

Nancy Meyers' romance comedy serves too much sugar and too little spice

review B-

December 08, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Give this to The Holiday: It lives up to its title. The writer-producer-director, Nancy Meyers, who last created the delightful Something's Gotta Give, knows how to throw a yuletide bash. Beautiful people in beautiful places: That's part of her formula.

It certainly is the come-on here, with Cameron Diaz as Amanda, an L.A. movie-trailer tycoon who splits with an unfaithful film composer (Edward Burns) right before the holidays and decides that a house-swap with a gal 6,000 miles away is just the ticket to recovery. Her partner turns out to be Kate Winslet as Iris, who more than matches her in heartbreak and allure. The wedding writer for London's Daily Telegraph, she learns that her former boyfriend and eternal flame (Rufus Sewell), who caddishly exploits her feelings for him, will be marrying a colleague.

The Holiday (Sony) Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Rated PG-13. Time 131 minutes.

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