1 of 12 Days of Christmas

“If you believe in this spirit thing, the miracle will happen and then you’ll want it to happen again tomorrow… It can happen every day, you’ve just got to want that feeling.”

– Bill Murray in SCROOGED

That’s right – it’s time to feel the moment and that holiday spirit thing. It’s time for SpoilerFreeReview’s 12 days of Christmas 2021 edition! We will be posting our favorite holiday experiences with 12 reviews and illustrations of movies, TV, and music. So sit back, enjoy some spiked eggnog, and welcome to SFR’s 12-days of Christmas 2021!🎅🏽

THE HOLIDAY is a 2006 Nancy Myers’ romcom about all kinds of love…unrequited, lost, blind, and hopefully everlasting.

The movie is packed with “A-list” stars. Cameron Diaz, (Amanda), a wealthy, CEO of her own company that creates movie trailers. She lives in a gorgeous, stylish mansion in Los Angeles. She has been told she is not able to love and is terrible at sex. Kate Winslet plays Iris, a newspaper reporter from Surrey, England. Her home is a classic, cozy cottage. She is madly in love but not loved back.

It is the beginning of the Christmas season. Iris and Amanda desperately need a change of scenery. Quite by chance, the opportunity arises (thank you Internet) and wallah…a house exchange for both women will begin for two weeks. Amanda will vacation in England, and Iris will travel to California. Let THE HOLIDAY adventure begin.

Of course, the two women do not remain alone for long. Hunky Jude Law plays Iris’s brother, and the sparks light up that idyllic bungalow. Jack Black, a music composer, creates beautiful tunes for Iris. Look for a quick cameo appearance by Dustin Hoffman as well.

My favorite scenes in THE HOLIDAY all revolve around Arthur, the magnificent actor, Eli Wallach. He is on such a higher level than everyone else. He totally steals each scene he is in. Wish I had a neighbor like him!

Nancy Myers does hit a realistic moment with her perfect words describing the pain of not being loved…

“Why are we attracted to the people who are not good for us? You feel small and insignificant, and you ache in places that you didn’t know you had inside of you.“

Many of us have felt just like this in our lifetime.

THE HOLIDAY is unrealistic. I know. It is even a little bit silly and over-the-top at times. I am aware. But I don’t care. I am a hopeless romantic who loves to dream about endless possibilities if we step outside our comfort zone. Watching this film makes me smile and ponder the universe with infinite wonder. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Who cares if those long-distance relationships will work, as long as we can stare into Cameron or Jude’s luminous eyes? Mesmerizing and memorable.

I might just watch THE HOLIDAY all over again and again.

THE HOLIDAY is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking).

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