I’ve had a lovely evening watching a film with my sister. You know the type: it’s cold and windy outside; the fire is on, the fairy lights are twinkling; you get comfy on the couch with a blanket across your legs and drink tea and eat chocolate.

My sisters have been going on about The Holiday for a few weeks now so it was a perfect time to watch it.

They were both surprised that I hadn’t already seen it: I love romantic comedies.

I’m not sure what put me off – I’ve seen the front cover before. Maybe that I don’t see Jack Black as a romantic hero. Perhaps that Jude Law isn’t my favourite posh English man (Tom Hiddleston please). Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are great actresses, so no issue for there. It hints at being a Christmas film and isn’t really, but Christmas film are for Christmas. Whatever the reason, I haven’t watched it but was happy to give it a go.

So, a rough plot outline….

Diaz and Winslet play successful women who are unlucky in love. Diaz finds out that her boyfriend is unfaithful; Winslet’s in love with a man who uses her whilst being engaged to someone else. Both situations come to a head just before Christmas.

Diaz decides that a holiday is in order and finds Winslet’s English cottage on a house swap site…

You get the idea.

The film made me smile a few times but wasn’t funny as some. But it was sweet and I particularly liked the subplot where Winslet befriends an old widower who happens to be an award winning screenwriter.

As I said, Jack Black wouldn’t be my first choice for a romantic hero but he actually played the part of an endearing sweetheart really well.

And let’s just say, I get why Jude Law was so popular all those years ago. Wow. He was attractive in that film.

The film is about finding love in the strangest places: about not giving up when you’ve been hurt. It’s about meeting the person you deserve to be with. Sentiments I’m hoping will prove to be true for me also.

It’s worth a watch. Enjoy!

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