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"The Holiday" (2006)

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Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) are polar opposites, living at opposite sides of the world, but who meet on the internet and bond immediately over their equal bad luck with romance. As a solution, they decide to spontaneously exchange homes for two weeks. They soon adjust to their initial culture shock and soon a new romance blossoms for each. For Amanda, it comes in the form of a British book editor played by Jude Law, and for Iris, a happy-go-lucky music composer played by Jack Black. Decisions regarding these new relationships must be made before the two weeks are up. While in America, Iris also befriends a retired screenplay writer named Arthur (Eli Wallach). The whole film is around 2 hours, but it never feels like that watching it.
I love this movie. I don’t normally like rom-coms, the ending is totally predictable, and because of this, logically, it’s probably exactly the kind of plotline that should irritate me abundantly if…

"Bridesmaids" (2011)

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Thirty-something Annie is asked to be her friend Lillian’s Maid of Honour. In over head, but determined to do her best, she joins a group of hugely diverse women in their bid to make their friend’s wedding one to remember. And that they do. That they do.
I’ve been meaning to watch this one for a while to see what the fuss was about, but having watched it; I really don’t see what all the hype was for. When I was finished watching it, I felt like saying ‘Ok, I don’t know what to do with this...’ My honest opinion? I thought it was stupid...but so stupid that it was funny... I have to admit there were moments I just had to laugh because they were so ludicrous. I wasn’t too gone on the dialogue. The film as a whole is very crude...but I think we’re well warned of this before sitting down to it.
Perhaps the fact that it’s not really my genre, and the fact I didn’t really like the main character probably didn’t help boost my fondness towards the film. Actually, the only characters I had a…

"Outrageous Fortune" (1987)

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Lauren (Shelley Long) and Sandy (Bette Midler) are complete opposites, who end up in the same acting class, and who hate each other from the moment they clap eyes, even more so when they discover they happen to be in love with the same guy. Following his mysterious disappearance they refuse to believe he’s dead and set about looking for him to find which one of them he really loved, and most importantly, to get revenge. It’s apparently been called “The first female buddy action comedy”, and interestingly, was the Walt Disney Company’s first comedy aimed at adult audiences.
The whole concept of this movie is, well, outrageous. There are some very funny moments, particularly in regards to the huge clash between the two main characters. Bette Midler’s performance is what stood out most for me. She is a brilliant actress. Her facial expressions and general mannerisms throughout the film are quite priceless. I like Shelley Long’s performance too. I did feel like some aspects of her chara…