Genre: Comedy, Romance, Rom-Com, Romantic Comedy.
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach.
Year Of Release: 2006
Certificate: 12A (UK)/PG-13 (US)
Runtime: 136 Minutes
Director: Nancy Meyers
Synopsis: “Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.” IMDB
Ushered into the spirit of Christmas (just), with lots of snow and cosy British moments for Cameron Diaz and Jude Law to gush over, this film also presents a sun-soaked Crimbo for Kate Winslet and Jack Black. However you see it, I feel this is two mini-movies with both leading ladies having links to each-other via their leading man. One works, for me, the other doesn’t.
Diaz and Law don’t work for me. It’s a predictable, boring and irritating relationship they have made mildly humane by the introduction of children. Law comes over firstly like he’s a decent bloke but rapidly descends into an obsessed stalker after only a few meetings. And Diaz is one of that actresses who I can’t see her act anything else other than stupid-but-trying-to-be-serious-so-the-stupid-parts-look-funny.
Her gurning, her Joker-grin and her inflated ego wind me up and I find their story of will they / won’t they very boring.
However Kate Winslet, a wonderful actress who is very grounded and capable of so much, is fantastic. Jack Black is also great when not acting the fool and both work so well together, with their story introducing other characters, themes and a wider array of locations and morals they must conquer, rather than just decide if the sex they have is worth a long-distance relationship. Yawn.
It never drags, and is well made and has a good central story, but it’s the first half of the story that I can easily turn off for, and jump straight back into the second. It’s sweet, emotional and entertaining with great performances (Winslet/Black/Wallach) and a fab cameo to boot, but also drawn-out, repetitive and boring (Diaz/Law).