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The Holiday (2006)

A classic Nancy Meyers rom-com that shows her love for the genre while also subverting its common tropes and expectations.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the romantic comedy The Holiday (2006), directed by Nancy Meyers.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Private Benjamin (1980)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Baby Boom (1987)
Father of the Bride (1991)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)
What Women Want (2000)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
It’s Complicated (2009)
The Intern (2015)
Blood Diamond (2006)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
A Christmas Story (1983)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Edge of Reason (2004)
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
The Midnight Sky (2020)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Titanic (1997)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Reader (2008)
Little Children (2006)
Heavenly Creatures (2004)
Emma
King Kong (2005)
School of Rock (2003)
High Fidelity (2000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Mank (2020)
Bernie (2011)
The Mask (1994)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Shrek (2001)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Closer (2004)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Wilde (1998)
Marriage Story (2019)
Inception (2010)
Home Again (2017)
The Philadelphia Story (1941)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Outrage (1950)

Dana’s 2006 review of The Holiday
Vulture’s Nancy Meyers Week

On the next episode: Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist (1953).

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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