Genre Grandeur – The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl

For the next entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur – Holiday movies, here’s yet another review of The Holiday (2006), this time by Natasha of Life of This City Girl

Next month’s genre has been chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she has chosen the genre of British Thrillers, so send me your reviews of your favorite British Thriller(s) by Jan 25th and I’ll post it.  It’s real simple, just send me an email to and I’ll post it.

Let’s see what Natasha thought of it!


The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl


The holiday


Arthur Abbot: Iris, in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.


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


In danger of sounding exactly like every other person in the world right now, WHERE has the time gone? As I’m writing this (the day before the deadline, per usual), it is nine days before the end of December. It is just freaky that the year is ending, and all that the time has flown stuff.


Christmas in South-Africa means extreme heat, not at all the snow that you Northerners are blessed with. I guess that is one of the reasons I enjoy The Holiday so much – it’s snowing, and what is more romantic than a snowy place?? So when Rob mentioned his GG this month was quite appropriately holiday movies, I knew I had to come yap about The Holiday.


This is one of those rare occasions where I enjoy the presence of Cameron Diaz. I liked her character with the inability to cry, and how at the end that one little drop of water meant something so significant to her. I always enjoy Kate Winslet, and find that Jude Law, a man I consider just a bit of a poop, quite sweet overall.


The Holiday is mainly about two women who have been pushed enough to consider drastic measures to change their lives. I like that a lot. Team Girl Power loves that a whole lot over here, let me tell you.


Both ladies are forced to adapt in their new environments. It seems like you can take the American out of America, but not the America out of the American (and likewise for the British Kate). It is fun to see both of them face their holidays with determination and even bafflement.


The movie is fun and doesn’t take itself too serious; it is romantic without being gooey. There is more to it than people just ending up banging for the fun of it, and that I enjoyed. I love the entire Christmas and holiday feel to the movie, and that whispering that tells you that this is a magical time of the year and anything is possible.


Thanks for letting me take part Rob!



Thanks Natasha!

4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl

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