The Holiday

Synopsis: In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Nancy Meyers
Production: Sony Pictures
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

...will open Edward's eyes...

...and round out his life."

Okay, I've got a question for you.

What's it like to be the only one

committed to work...

...while the rest of us

are slumming?

You mean what's it like

to be the only one...

...not to finish their work on time?

Hold on. Don't... Don't go.

Is it fun having a brain

that works that fast?

- Shut up.

- No, I mean it.

Probably a brilliant finish too.

I assure you it's not.

- Hi, Simpkey.

- Hi.

Your column today was fantastic.

God, I loved that line:

"The onrushing stripping of dignity

and thought from British lives."

Great writing.

Hey, I got you something

for Christmas.

That's convenient

because I got you something too.

Darling, I don't actually

have my gift with me.

In fact, I probably mislaid it,

but I know I got you something.

I suspect it's somewhere in my car,

want to know what it is?

No. No, no, that's okay.

I know you're gonna look hot in it.

Well, let's hope you find it, then.

Not exactly something hot...

...but happy Christmas.

Thank you.

I didn't think we'd get a chance

to do this this year.

Remember last Christmas,

we exchanged gifts in March.

This is good.

We're getting better.

You stinker.

It's a first edition.

Where did you find it?

Buried in that little place we found

in Covent Garden that time.

Why are you so great?

Everyone, can I have

your attention, please?

Just a couple of minutes.

Thank you.

I hate it that we can never talk.

Hate it.

Well, first of all, a very

happy Christmas to every one of you.

Happy Christmas.

Now, we're not officially closed,

as you very well know.

But we are going to try

and get by this week...

...with a smaller-than-normal staff.

Now, before some of you

rush off on holiday...

...I do have one

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Nancy Meyers

Nancy Jane Meyers (born December 8, 1949) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Parent Trap (1998), What Women Want (2000), Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Holiday (2006), It's Complicated (2009) and The Intern (2015). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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