Two women who pack their luggage for a Christmas season house swap find that their vacation from their romantic vexation lets them leave their emotional baggage behind in this tribute to the romantic comedies of Tinseltown’s past.
A touchstone of Hollywood history, Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills has been a silent witness to the real life weddings of actress Jaime King as well as that of movie legend Kirk Douglas, who renewed his vows to his bride of 50 years in 2004. A star in its own right, its regal facade has been seen on the big screen in Spider-Man, What Women Want, The Bodyguard and The Witches of Eastwick and on the small screen in Gilmore Girls. Its gardens provided a romantic backdrop for the vows of daytime drama’s Luke and Laura on General Hospital in 1981, and in 2006 the landmark’s interior was utilized for the lunch scene between Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Graham (Jude Law) in The Holiday. Although its doors remain closed at most times, architectural aficionados can take a closer look at the 1920’s landmark during one of several special events scheduled each year at the estate.
Also providing cinematic scenery for the romantic comedy was Church Street in the town of Godalming and the village of Shere in Surrey, England.
Lovetripper Reader Recommendations
It showed sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find the love of your life.– Leann
Who knew that Jack Black could be so romantic? When I saw his name in the opening credits I have to admit that I was sceptical, but he toned down his usual wisecracking ways and turned in a realistic performance.– Colleen
The Holiday is a sweet homage to old Hollywood. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic romantic comedies.– Beth
While Kate Winslet has been lauded for her dramatic roles, she proves in this movie that she’s equally adept at romantic comedy. She’s one of my all time favorite actresses, and it was great to see her in a light-hearted film for a change.– Frank
It is romantic because it takes these characters make a location switch to get away from it all and instead unexpectedly meet someone that is close with the character they switched with and fall in love.– Susan
This is a movie that will make you smile.– Taylor
The Holiday reminds me of the innocent flirtations found in old Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedies. It’s a welcome change from what passes as big screen romance these days.– Beatrice
The first time I watched this movie I was down in the dumps, but by the time it was over I had a smile on my face. Sometimes all you need is a little reminder that taking a chance can completely change your life.– Maria
The Holiday leaves you with a cozy feeling. It’s going to be Christmastime viewing at my house every year, along with It’s A Wonderful Life.– Lillian
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