The Holiday

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In Brief: Just why this is being run is a concern quite beyond my comprehension. Saying this is the best (read: least obnoxious) film in Nancy Meyers' oeuvre is one of those judgment calls on a par with picking the best Martin and Lewis picture. Any way you look at it you lose. One thing I am not losing, though, is 138 minutes watching it again. If anything, I suspect my patience for it would be less than it was in 2006. I certainly remember it well enough that I'm willing to go with my original assessment: "As with her 2003 hit, Something’s Gotta Give, Meyers has set her story in an upscale world where people can disappear from their jobs for weeks at a time and jet all over the world at the drop of a hat. Meyers' idea of downscale is a picture-book cottage in Surrey, while her idea of great sacrifice is someone having to fly (gasp!) tourist class. Even granting that romantic comedies are a fantasy business, Meyers seems more completely divorced from anything resembling reality than legendary gloss-merchant producer Ross Hunter."
Genre: High Gloss Rom-Com
Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Rufus Sewell
Rated: PG-13

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Holiday Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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