CK’s Not So Secret Santa Review Swap: The Holiday (2006)

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Earlier this year in July, I participated in Cinematic Katzenjammer’s Not So Secret Santa Review Swap Blogathon and my secret Santa gave me a fantastic movie, Dark Harbor.  Obviously, since the first time was so much fun, I decided to join for this December edition of it as well.  This time around, I didn’t get an unknown movie but one that I absolutely adore and just as I was wondering how to work it into my Christmas marathon this year since I already reviewed it last year, I received notice that my Secret Santa gave me THE HOLIDAY 🙂

Whoever you are, Secret Santa, YOU ARE AWESOME! Can I say I love you? Is that awkward? Because if not for that, I would never have thought of doing THIS to lead up to this very post.

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The last movie to make it a perfect top 10 in my must-see Christmas flicks is The Holiday.  I’m not going to review it again since I read through last year’s and its probably everything I was going to say and you can check it out HERE! 🙂

The Holiday is one of my absolute favorite movies EVER! I always watch it for Christmas, sometimes even more than once, and I usually sneak it in mid year once or twice.  Its not only a great holiday watch but its also one of the best feel good romantic comedies I’ve ever seen.  I literally have a huge smile on my face throughout the whole thing, even if I know whats going to happen and what they say and all that.

So, I figured I’d take a different path and show you my top moments that made me smile 🙂

6) IRIS IN LA

Being revealed to the unknown of a completely different lifestyle from the one you are used to is always amazing and I think Kate Winslet does a fantastic job in showing that.  Its a feel good scene and it emphasizes the lovable character of Iris as the down to earth modern day simple girl. Trust me, if I saw that, I’d react pretty much the same way 😉

5) VIDEO STORE GAME

This scene is simply good fun.  The charisma between Jack Black and Kate Winslet is awesome and with a cameo of Dustin Hoffman, its makes it even funnier.

4) TENT

Wouldn’t you want that tent? I’m seriously impressed. Plus, the little girls are adorable.  Its like a fantasy world at home and thats pretty incredible.

3) LEADING LADY VS. BEST FRIEND

The character of Arthur Abbott is one of my faves because even though he isn’t a main character, he helps Iris to grow and also put in perspective what this movie is all about.  You can’t help but agree with him, right?

2) KISSING A STRANGER

The whole scene is great but the part I’m referring to starts at 5m 10s of the video.  Funny, passionate and pretty awesome in my book. This was when I fell in love with Jude Law! And goodness, aren’t you thinking that she should shut up and enjoy the moment? 😉 The romantic in me is speaking, of course.

1) IRIS/ARTHUR’S THEME

This scene is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! Its romantic and cute! I think thats where I fell in love in Jack Black, something that I did not think would ever be possible.

I didn’t intend for this to be a countdown and I love the WHOLE ENTIRE movie so this was mega difficult to put together. Plus, there were some scenes that were fantastic. I did love Jude Law in so many other scenes.  Although, if given who was not so great, it would have to be Cameron Diaz.  I’m just not a huge fan of hers in general but she does a decent job :).

Not only that but her and Kate Winslet are fabulous together for example with their expressions.

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That scene was seriously funny! I think I’ve admitted that I have a girl crush on Kate Winslet and think she is possibly one of the best actresses with elegance and charm.

Before I start spilling the whole movie because I would love to convince a few of you to actually give it a shot.  I think The Holiday is one of the most underrated movies ever!

Overall, great cast, hilarious, heartwarming and clever romantic comedy set during the holidays, The Holiday is a great watch! Thanks again to my Secret Santa because you allowed me to watch this three times in two days to be inspired as to how to approach this post.  AND, I was feeling really not in the holiday mood and I think this just made it all come back.  Also, HUGE THANKS to Nick for putting this together because once again, it was mega fun! 🙂

Have you seen The Holiday? What are your thoughts on the four leads here?

Remember to check out the other reviews for the blogathon either by clicking HERE or its linked to the blogathon banner on the top 🙂

15 thoughts on “CK’s Not So Secret Santa Review Swap: The Holiday (2006)

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  2. Kim I found this movie to be so charming and a favorite as well. To be truthful when I saw Kate Winslet was in it I almost bypassed the experience. I think i will forever remember the night at the Oscars when she was bested by Helen Hunt for As Good AS It Gets. Winslet was sure she was going to win for Titanic and even began to stand when they said …and the Oscar Goes To…” and had an indignant look on her face. But I guess she believed all the press and prognosticators and assumed she was going to win Best Actress that year.

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    • Really? I didn’t know about that regarding the Oscars and I remember actually watching that year. Thats kind of crazy but Helen Hunt did deserve it 🙂 As Good As It Gets was a pretty awesome movie! But this movie really brought out the charm in Kate Winslet and I’ve appreciated a lot of her movies 🙂 Still have a lot to go but so far, pretty good.

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      • I never have seen Titanic, so can not speak on her performance there. I use to love watching Helen Hunt in Mad About You. Winsletis a classic beauty who reminds me of Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman, both actresses I really enjoy to see.

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  3. What an awesome gift!! I LOVE this movie, which is surprising as I’m not always fond of Cameron Diaz but all the scenes you mentioned here are lovely, great post Kim!

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  4. One of the, apparently, great Holiday movies I have not yet seen. Even though the Holidays have passed it is never too late to watch a good movie. Thank you for participating in our Secret Santa Review Swap!

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  5. I will admit, this flick is much more enjoyable than I’d ever imagine, especially since I really am not liking Diaz lately. But I’m glad you enjoyed it and thank you for participating in the Secret Santa!

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