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They're pretty, aren't they? Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, as continent-crossed lovers, make the romantic comedy easy on the eyes. But your ears get a workout from the droning dialogue.
They're pretty, aren't they? Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, as continent-crossed lovers, make the romantic comedy easy on the eyes. But your ears get a workout from the droning dialogue. (By Simon Mein -- Sony Pictures)

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By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 8, 2006

Some random cranky thoughts upon watching -- and watching, and watching -- "The Holiday," a romantic comedy written and directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as successful professionals with dysfunctional love lives who trade houses (one in Los Angeles, one outside London) for their Christmas vacations. Jude Law and Jack Black play their improbable love interests.

7:30 p.m. Ahhh, a slick-looking chick flick featuring some of Hollywood's most delectable stars. With great hair and accents, yet! I do heart pretty-people rom-coms with lots of yummy clothes and low-stakes love crises. Pass the popcorn and let the swooning begin!

7:31 Kate: journalist pining for the wrong guy. Cameron: wealthy movie-trailer producer unable to love. "Bridget Jones" times two, with more sun, blond highlights and Hollywood in-jokes. Got it.

7:45 Does every Nancy Meyers movie have to feature a scene with an attractive woman coming undone? Meltdowns were old media when Diane Keaton went on a boo-hoo jag in "Something's Gotta Give."

7:47 Was that Lindsay Lohan?

7:50 It's official: Watching someone do a Google search is boring, even if that someone is Cameron Diaz.

7:51 Okay, they're still at the computers. Note to Meyers: We know what a house swap is. Now get us to the part where Jude gets his kit off.

8:00 Did Kate Winslet's house in Surrey spring fully formed from the forehead of Thomas Kinkade?

8:01 Cameron Diaz is so pretty. Hey, I like that black-and-white coat.

8:15 Kate Winslet is so real. So winning. So utterly wrong for this movie.

8:30 Did Cameron Diaz's house spring fully formed from the forehead of J.W. Marriott?

8:45 My God, these people natter on. And not in that fun "My Dinner With Andre" or Woody Allen way; in that I'm-trying-hard-to-make-you-forget-I'm-an-insanely-attractive-movie-star kind of way.


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