Holiday, The (2006, USA) C-138m. ** D: Nancy Meyers. Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell, James Franco, Dustin Hoffman, Lindsay Lohan. Fairly entertaining romantic comedy about two young women (Diaz and Winslet), who are frustrated for different reasons and decide to exchange houses for a few days over Christmas. Diaz has just separated from her philandering husband, and Winslet is unhappily in love. Can this change of place do any good? Long, but never really boring, thanks to engaging star performances (whose roles are pretty contrived, though). Score by Hans Zimmer.

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