The Holiday: Meet-Cute

“Meet-cute” is one of the memorable phrases used in The Holiday. The other two are “gumption” and “square peg, round hole.”

The Holiday is one of my favorite Hollywood movies. I don’t get to watch a lot of Hollywood films because I usually prefer British films and ones with subtitles (yeah, ang arte ko). But watching The Holiday always makes me happy (and sometimes cry, too).

It’s easy to get the pairing of Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. They’re gorgeous actors. But my favorite is that of Kate Winslet and Jack Black. I don’t like Jack Black when he’s rambunctious but I like him in this movie. I saw him as an ordinary guy who is believable to fall in love with.

I also like how Kate Winslet’s character Iris Simpkins formed a friendship with Arthur Abbott, an old Hollywood scriptwriter. The chemistry between the two was great and I loved the references on old Hollywood.

The movie has a lot of memorable lines like “You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God’s sake!” but this one’s the best:

I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. 
And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. 
And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, 
or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… 
you still go to bed every night going over every detail 
and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. 

And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. 
And sometimes you can even convince yourself 
that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. 

And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new. 
And you’ll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. 
And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. 
And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, 
that will eventually begin to fade.


The Holiday ranks third in my list of favorite films. The other two are Love Actually and Bridget Jones (both Bridget Jones but I would consider them just one movie. Hahahaha!). 

The common thread among them is that they have British connection. Love and Actually and Bridget Jones are obvious, The Holiday has Kate Winslet. And they all have snow. Wehehehe!
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