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How about a Holiday? 3 Movies just for fun.
Here are three movies about the difference a holiday can make.
This hub is a basic overview of three movies about a holiday. I like that word very much. It is a fancy word for vacation. I will give you a list of the actors, the date it came out, the rating, and I will try not to give anything away. These movies are just plain fun like their titles suggest. So if you are having a bad day and need a laugh pop one of these babies into your DVD player and have a holiday.
Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant
The first movie on my list is plainly titled Holiday. It stars the irresistibly charming Cary Grant and funny lady Katherine Hepburn. It is one of three movies they teamed up for. They had great chemistry together. It came out in 1938 and is classic must see. Cary stars as Johnny Case. He is a man who has worked his way up in life and he just wants to take a break or as he says a holiday when he is young enough to still enjoy it. He is in love with Julia Seaton (Doris Nolan) a rich and spoiled daughter of a millionaire. She wants to groom him into the man she thinks he should be. All this changes when he meets Susan (Hepburn), Julia’s sister. Susan is tired of money and demands and all of the things social status entails. She has a special room on the third floor of her father’s mansion that is just plain and ordinary. She loves it there and longs to break free. She and Johnny hit it off right away because of their like-mindedness. The rating on this movie is G. There is nothing in this movie unsuitable for anyone. The banter between Johnny and Susan and the amazing supporting cast of this movie make it a must see. It is also an interesting tale of how money can’t buy happiness and of the things that really matter. Add some acrobatics from our main stars and some wonderful things like integrity and morality and I think you will love this classic movie as much as I do.
The Last Holiday
Our second movie is entitled The Last Holiday. It stars Queen Latifah and LL Cool J. It came out in 2005 and has a PG-13 rating for some sexual references. If you were to fast forward through a few scenes I think this one would be fine for younger than 13. Queen Latifah stars as Georgia Byrd, a conservative sales clerk who lives her life in a box so to speak. She saves every penny she can. She eats only diet foods despite her love of cooking. She does cook fabulous meals but gives it all to her next door neighbor. She is in love with a fellow worker but keeps that to herself as well. All that changes when she gets a dire report from her doctor. She will die very soon. She decides to let go of her fears and takes a holiday. She starts saying yes to things. She eats what she wants. She starts spending her hard-earned money. Everyone she encounters on her holiday is changed. The fact that she is living life to the fullest draws them in and they fall in love with her. I love this movie because it is just plain funny and it is a poignant reminder to not live in fear. For to live in fear is to not really live. I won’t spoil the ending but don’t worry it all ends well.
The Last Holiday
Jack Black, Eli Wallach, and Kate Winslet
My final movie is entitled The Holiday. It came out in 2006 and is rated PG-13 for some language and some sexual scenes. This rating is very fair so I would keep that in mind with little ones. It features an all-star cast which includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Eli Wallach. Cameron plays Amanda (an American) and Kate plays Iris (an Englisher). They both have very unhappy love lives and each for reasons of their own decide they need a two week vacation. They exchange houses and their lives are forever changed. I really don’t want to give too much away with this movie but I will say it makes me laugh out loud. There are some very funny and very sweet parts in this film. My favorite aspect of this movie is the relationship between Iris and Arthur (Eli Wallach). He is an elderly neighbor she befriends and in helping him she is helped. Mr. Wallach has been a notorious bad guy in many other films and this is just refreshing. Her relationship with him makes her finally respect herself. Both women encounter people who change them and help them to get their priorities straight. It is never slow and you find yourself smiling at the end. I love this movie.
I hope you have enjoyed this hub. I am always amazed at the power of good storytelling. It can take us to another place and make us forget our problems for just a little while. Like a walk on the beach, a great tale can refresh our soul and remind us of what it is like to enjoy a holiday.
Name one of two other movies that Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant acted in together.
On a further note
There is another movie entitled Roman Holiday which stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. I did not include this in my listing because the ending is a bit sad. The ending is appropriate for the movie but I wanted this hub to be mainly comedies. I do recommend this movie for it's well done acting and sweet story.