The Holiday (2006) is one of the most underrated Christmas classics, which often falls under the shadow of fellow British rom-com Love Actually (2003). There have been rumors of a sequel lately, but do any of them hold stock? Will there be a The Holiday 2? Let's find out...
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The Holiday is definitely one of those cozy Christmas movies that make you want to throw some wood in the fireplace and pour a mug of hot cocoa - or hot chocolate, depending on which side of the pond you live (which is a pretty appropriate reference given the premise of this film).
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The Holiday stars Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, and Jude Law, who play Iris, Miles, Amanda, and Graham. When love-sick UK journalist Iris and recently-heartbroken US movie trailer-maker Amanda decide to switch homes for the Holidays - from LA to England and vice versa - romantic antics ensue.
The film grossed over $205 million worldwide against a budget of $85 million, and it opened to mixed-to-positive reviews. Over time, however, it has become widely considered a Christmas classic, up there with the likes of Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.
And though it hardly begs for a sequel, that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spinning as of late, with many speculating that The Holiday 2 is in the works. Fortunately, you'll be glad to know that there doesn't seem to be any stock to these rumors, as one of the stars themselves recently shut them down.
In an interview with People, Kate Winslet responded to the rumors, saying: "I read something about that, but it's the first I've heard of it. I promise you not an agent or a representative or anyone from the first one around has had any conversation with me about that. Hand on heart, that's never come up."
The Holiday director Nancy Meyers also chimed in, saying, "So many DM’s about this - sorry but it’s not true." So, there are currently no plans for The Holiday 2 - but never say never, right? Is it something we would even want to see, or is it refreshing to have a holiday classic that's left alone for a change?
As per Sony Pictures, here's the official synopsis for The Holiday:
Meet Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), two women who couldn't be more different - ones lives in a cosy English cottage, the other in a swanky Hollywood estate - but who are alike in their mutual bad luck with men.
In desperate need of an escape, they meet online and impulsively switch homes. Both find the last thing either wants or expects - a new romance - and discover that a change of address really can change your life.
From the director of Something's Gotta Give and What Women Wants comes two whole hours of sheer, heart-warming romantic comedy.