Number of Times Seen – 2 (13 Aug 2007 and 8 Aug 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two single women wanted a vacation from their lives, meet online and decide to switch houses for 2 weeks.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out on video over a decade ago and thankfully I didn’t remember much about it so I decided to give it another try.
The premise presented here works really well and I liked how they didn’t feel the need to delegate one of the two stories to being a “B” story yet focused on both simultaneously.
The film works quite well and that largely has to do with the talented cast that all have great chemistry together.
Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law are all cast so well in these roles and each of them help give us the impression of very developed characters.
The film presents some great situations that seem very realistic and lots of people can relate extremely easily to most of the ones shown here especially from a relationship perspective.
As a movie fan, I loved the way that this film related to the overall movie world and they discuss numerous aspects of movie watching that are dear to my own heart.
The scene in the video store is done so perfectly and Jack Black is able to perform that scene so well that it will stay in my mind for quite some time.
Bottom Line – Great premise that works so well largely due to the very talented cast. Winslet, Black, Diaz and Law are all cast quite well here and each of them manage to give us a nicely developed character. The situations presented here come across as seeming quite realistic and many people can relate to them quite easily. As a movie fan, I especially enjoyed the way that they discuss the world of film and the scene in the video store is so enjoyable to watch because Black is able to do that scene so perfectly. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On an episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Dustin Hoffman said that his cameo in the film was unplanned and not scripted. He was driving by the Blockbuster shown in the film and saw all of the cameras and equipment so he decided to stop in and see what was happening. Because he knew director Nancy Meyers, they worked up a scene which ultimately made the final cut.(From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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