A Christmas-themed Romantic Comedy film from 2006.In London, Iris (Kate Winslet) is a journalist who's been pining over her jerk ex Jasper for 3 years, and he just got engaged. Meanwhile, Amanda (Cameron Diaz), who makes film trailers in Los Angeles, has just thrown out her cheating boyfriend. They meet online and elect to swap homes for two weeks during Christmas vacation. Naturally, they meet men (and of course, men that are a part of the other woman's life). Amanda hooks up with Iris' brother (Jude Law) and Iris meets Amanda's composer (Jack Black) for her film trailer.Not to be confused with Holiday, the 1938 movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Foreshadowing: In the opening montage when we are with Amanda and Ethan in the Porsche, Iris's narration goes "For some, quite inexplicably, love fades." This sets up Ethan cheating on Amanda with his receptionist and actually Amanda wanting to go on holiday, thus switching houses with Iris and setting much of the plot in motion. As does the next bit, "For others, love is simply lost." Graham is later revealed to be a widower. And again, so does the next bit, "But then, of course, love can also be found." Yes, it can, for all four main characters.
Actually, the whole opening montage introduces us to all the film's main characters, and sets up locations such as Miles's home and the pub that will appear later, including Miles and Maggie, Amanda and Ethan, Arthur, Graham, and ending with Iris and Jasper.
Fragile Flower: Iris for the first half of the movie, with regards to Jasper.
Get Out: Amanda does this to Ethan at the start of the film. Near the end, Jasper turns up at Amanda's house unexpectedly. When Iris asks him if he is still engaged (he is), Iris gives this to him, literally pushing him out of the house and slamming the door in his face.
Mistaken for Cheating: Amanda "accidentally" checks Graham's phone with two incoming calls on mornings when Jasper is with her; noticing two girls' names (after the second time), she notes "Sophie, Olivia, Amanda. Busy guy". These turn out to be his two young daughters.
Throw It In: Dustin Hoffman's cameo at the video store was unscripted and unplanned. He was driving past the store, saw the cameras and equipment and wandered in to see what was going on. He knew Nancy Meyers so they came up with an extension to the scene with him in it that ended up in the film.
Unable to Cry: Amanda, mentioned by herself a number of times That is, almost right up until the end of the film when she realizes she loves Graham, asks the driver to stop the car and rushes back to Iris's house to find him.