The Holiday and Santa Clause 3

I saw two Christmas movies this weekend. And I’ll be giving both reviews today, as I’ll be out tomorrow getting more tests done at the hospital. So here are two out of four of my entries for the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.

The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who have made bad choices in men and find themselves single right before Christmas. They decide to switch homes for the holiday (in L.A. and England), just to get away and be alone. Both women realize they don’t necessarily want to be alone, but just want a change. This movie was incredibly heart-warming and funny. The double leading men, Jude Law and Jack Black, were wonderfully sweet in their roles as well. I found myself tearing up quite a few times throughout the movie. Though, that had a lot to do with an old man that Kate Winslet’s character befriends.

This was a perfect, romantic, feel-good movie for the holidays.


The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause was a great installment to this holiday series. The entire (human) cast returns with the addition of Martin Short as Jack Frost. Santa (Tim Allen) is feeling overwhelmed this season, since this is his busy time and his wife is about to deliver their baby any day. He decides to bring her parents to the North Pole, but wants to keep his identity a secret. So they “disguise” the North Pole as a small Canadian town, and convince the in-laws that the elves are just little Canadians. And Jack Frost feels that he’s getting ignored and that Santa is getting all the glory surrounding the winter holidays. So he devises a plan to become Santa Claus, himself.

Martin Short simply steals the show as the villain in this movie. He is hysterical. While the whole premise is a bit corny, it’s still a really cute and funny movie. And again, very heart-warming.

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10 thoughts on “The Holiday and Santa Clause 3”

  1. We need to watch the third Clause movie. I’ve been enjoying movies with the kiddos. If I remember correctly the others were fun, too.

    The Holiday looks sweet but if we rented it we’d never get around to watching it. I am just sticking with kids movies. They seem to be more enjoyable for me right now. If I wait until their in bed to watch a movie, I fall asleep!

  2. Those are two movies I want to see. I still think it’s corny that Santa’s in-laws would believe the North Pole was a Canadian village, but it balances out as Martin Short is Canadian and all in good fun. One question do the elves say eh?

    I love Kate Winslet and Jack black and the holiday is one I can wait till video, but one I’m sure I’ll add to my holiday list.

  3. I really want to see The Holiday, but I don’t think I can convince my hubby to go. I may have to go by myself for this one. 🙂

    I haven’t seen any of the Santa Clause movies yet. I think I might rent the first one and watch it with my girls this weekend. 🙂

  4. Glad to hear The Holiday was good. I’m not a fan of Cameron Diaz at all which tempers my desire to see it but I really enjoy romantic movies so I may have to check this one out.

    I like the original Santa Clause…in fact I think its a great Christmas film. I really thought they watered things down too much for the second one. Probably won’t see the third until its out on DVD next Christmas and I can netflix it.

    Hope your tests turn out well.

  5. Angela,

    I hope they figure out what’s wrong so you can feel better, soon. I’ve tagged you for a meme: Six Weird Things About Me. Don’t feel obligated, though.

    Can’t wait to see what you think about the movies. I haven’t seen a movie in ages and I’m kind of in a mood but don’t want to waste my money on anything awful. 🙂

  6. Okay, I skipped right over the reviews to post and have one more bit of weirdness to add about me. I can’t read. Sheesh. I’ve got to see The Holiday; it sounds terrific. Did you like the first Santa Clause? I couldn’t stand it, so I’m a little hesitant about that one, although I love Martin Short.

  7. Thanks Nancy.. I’ll pick up your tag on Wednesday if that’s okay.
    LOL, yes, I loved the first Santa Clause.. it’s one of my favorites. But I definitely could have passed on the 2nd one. gag.

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