Nancy Myers

The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday (2006)

Director:

Nancy Myers

Writer:

Nancy Meyers

Starring:

Cameron Diaz

Jude Law

Kate Winslet

Jack Black

Eli Wallach

Blurb:

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Review:

I’m ashamed to say that this movie was recommended on my blog several years ago and I’m only now getting around to it. If I’ve got any defense it’s that anytime I saw it available to stream it was not during Christmas and I have a strict rule about watching Christmas movies before Thanksgiving(US). Finally, I’ve gotten around to it, though.

One of my favorite Christmas movies is a Debbie Macomber one called Trading Christmas. So I’m a fan of this trope. What I loved about The Holiday and this trope is that finding love isn’t necessarily the goal. Kate Winslet’s entire story arc was about finding herself and her romance with Jack Black was just a footnote. I love romance, but I enjoyed this story the most.

Cameron Diaz and Jude Law’s story was mainly about sex and attraction until Diaz discovered that Law had children. All of a sudden she saw him in a new light and while a long-term relationship was always there hovering I think the addition of seeing him care for his children pushed him farther into that category.

Ending wise, I again preferred Kate Winslet’s ending. There was so much possibility and promise there, while Cameron Diaz and Jude Law there was still the question of how they could manage a long-distance relationship. There really wasn’t a satisfying ending that could come from that so I can understand why it wasn’t expounded on. Diaz would either have to leave her company or he would need to uproot his children taking them away from everyone they know and love. I guess the kids are getting uprooted. It could be worse.

I’m not sure if I’ll add The Holiday into my yearly Christmas movie rotation, but it’s definitely a movie I would watch again and again.

4/5

Father of the Bride (1991)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Father of the Bride (1991)

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writers:

Francis Goodrich

Albert Hackett

Nancy Myers

Charles Shyer

Starring:

Steve Martin

Diane Keaton

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Blurb:

With his oldest daughter’s wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go.

Thoughts:

I believe Father of the Bride is the first movie I’ve watched that was purchased for background watching. It’s a movie I like well enough, but it’s nothing remarkable. The best part, in my opinion, is the house. Everything else is rich people’s problems. Like seriously, spending $150k on a wedding in 1991 is stupid. This is coming from someone who had a super small wedding at a chapel in the mountains for $100 plus the cost of a license. Weddings are not my thing, but the house is that gorgeous.

As a parent of young children, I also don’t understand the whole not wanting to give his kid away. He doesn’t own his daughter, and yet that’s how he acts the entire movie. She’s his, and now he’s giving her to someone else. It’s an odd school view of things that I’ve never shared and found un-relatable. Not that I’m looking to give my kids away or anything, lol