Somehow the poster for this movie gives as much away as the movie itself. There's no real character exploration, the emotions of the actors arn't entirely convincing, and the plot it too obvious to poke fun at. Two lonely hearted women swap houses for the Christmas holiday, wherein they fall in love with the nearest man available.
If this film were a piece of clothing it would be an aron jumper. If it were a food it would be breadsticks, I hope this imagery is making it clear that 'The Holiday' is a bland and distinctly average film. It's not even a bad film, there arn't any particularly cringe worthy moment, nor are there any times where you are particularly moved. Jude Law isn't as irritating as he usually is, Jack Black somehow manages to go the whole film without using the words "Rock on", which I suppose it enough of a reason to give this film at least a 4/10.
The holiday is a mothers film, it is a gift to buy for your mother, that they will watch every Christmas. It is one of those films that you would never actively put on, but would probably watch if it was on already. Not all films are pop culture footnotes or bottom of the barrel disgraces, if you're in the mood for something comfortable, easy to watch and in no way confronting, pull out your aron jumper, open up some breadsticks and watch 'The Holiday'.