Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Movie Review #5 - The Holiday

The Holiday
Directed by Nancy Meyers

Best part of the movie: Jack Black. Of what little time he was on the screen, he was hilarious. Who would've thought? Jack Black... in a romantic comedy? Holy crap, that was awkward. Thankfully he didn't try to act too differently, he was just a little more sensitive than usual, but still a goofball.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this movie because I didn't get a whole lot out of it, but it was interesting nonetheless.

The first half of the movie is horrible, with Cameron Diaz playing the usual ditsy sex-magnet that she is. Kate Winslet played a pathetic loser who can't stand up for herself... but I guess that's the point. That these two girls switch lives for "The Holiday" and then realize what they need to do to improve their life.

It's the guys in the movie (Jude Law and Jack Black) who are the interesting ones. They are the ones who supposedly "change" the two women and of course they fall in love with them. Oops, I didn't warn about that spoiler, but I don't care, it's not worth it. Jude Law was surprisingly feminine when we first get to know him, but then we realize he's a single dad towards the end. It was really awkward at first, because he's never played a character like that, but it finally made sense when we see him with his two little girls. It was really cute, actually. It was an interesting twist to the story.

And even though we were screaming at the TV because of how weird it was to see Jack Black in a romantic situation, he still pulled through with some hilarious lines. Best one: "Well hellooo big dollop!"

So I guess I don't love all chick flicks. This one was just okay... saved (if you could call it saved) by the two guys in the film.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

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