Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) are two young women who have recently been jilted by their boyfriends. Being that it is the holidays, they are wanting a change of scenery. The two decide to swap homes. Iris lives in London while Amanda lives in L.A.
While in Iris’ home, Amanda is approached by Iris’s brother Graham (Jude Law) who is wishing to stay the night after partying hard at a local pub. Unbeknownst to Amanda, he has two little girls he is raising alone because he is widowed. Although the two don’t wish to have any further involvement, after sleeping together that first night, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.
Iris, who is still emotionally devastated by her recent break up to her boyfriend Jasper, finds it hard to get over him. This proves to be difficult because he constantly wishes for her opinion as an author. Iris meets an elderly neighbor who helps her see how strong of a woman she is through viewing strong female characters in film. Arthur SHOULD be an expert due to the fact that he was an Oscar-Winning screenwriter during the Golden Age of Film. She also meets a lovable musician named Miles who is currently dating Maggie, an aspiring actress.
A lot can happen in two weeks’ time, what do these young women do when they find themselves falling for men who are half a world away?
As with most Nancy Meyers romance films, this one is very light and airy. It has become a holiday favorite for those who love this genre.
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black
Review by Julie C.