One of the things about being over here at this time of year is that you miss out on all the films on the telly. Oh I know it’s mostly the zillionth showing of the Great Escape but occasionally there are one or two decent films I haven’t seen before. So to compensate C bought a few films over in the UK for us to view this Xmas. We’ve just watched the first, The Holiday, featuring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Now normally these women knock my socks off but having seen them in this, I wished they’d stayed on vacation.
What a pile of completely unreal and contrived nonsense. It’s not as ridiculous as the worst film ever made, Novocaine, but it gets very close. Jude Law stars as a little love puppy for a change and horror upon horror, Jack Black, tries to play it straight and fails miserably. It’s a story about unrequited love which gets well and truly requited by the end. You know the thing, two beautiful girls can’t seem to meet Mr Right (yeh right) so decide to swap homes over Xmas – one a mansion in LA, the other a tiny cottage in Surrey (as you do) where simultaneously they do in fact meet the men of their dreams. Likely? About as probable as Robert Mugabe winning the Humanitarian of 2008 award.
The girls loved it of course. Men, you have been warned.