It turns out there’s huge freaking plot hole in The Holiday and we’ve only just noticed it 11 years later.
In the first scene Iris (Kate Winslet) is finishing up work on 22 December. But then the movie goes on for what feels like approximately 68.25 days before we finally get to Christmas Day.
It kind of feels like Christmas (and Kate Winslet) may have been lying to us all this time.
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Here’s a break down the timeline (or lack thereof) for you:
Friday 22 Dec
On Friday 22 Dec, Iris gets an email from her boss announcing that they’re officially closed for Christmas.
First of all, this is would never actually happen as Iris works at a major newspaper and media companies pretty much never shut down for the holiday period (I should know – I’m writing this on the 23rd of December while y’all are having cocktails on the beach or something).
Secondly, if it’s really 22 Dec how does Iris achieve so much personal growth before Christmas Day?
Adding to the general confusion, over in LA on the 22 Dec, Amanda is working on a trailer for a movie that comes out on Christmas Day.
Erm… this is not a thing. In real life that trailer would have been made months beforehand, so is it really 22 Dec?
Saturday 23 Dec
On Saturday 23 Dec, Iris and Amanda officially swap houses. Keeping in mind this is a romantic comedy, this timeline still seems a lil’ bit far-fetched.
I mean, how did they have enough clean undies to just jump on a plane the next morning?
Later that night, at 1am, a drunken Graham AKA Jude Law, turns up on Amanda’s doorstep.
So they officially meet just two days before Christmas.
Sunday 24 Dec
The girls wake up in their new respective houses and wait… it’s not Christmas Eve yet because the writers have just realised they have a heck of a lot to fit into the movie before the big climax.
This is where things get a wee bit confusing…
Graham stays over that night. The next day, Amanda gets confused about her feelings and heads to airport before deciding to meet Graham for a drink instead.
He stays over again and they have the sexy time.
The day after ?????
Graham and Amanda go on a day date, they have tea in a country house, frolic in the snow etc.
Things are going swell until Amanda announces that things are going too fast.
“Graham, l’m leaving in nine days. And that makes this complicated. And l’m not sure I can handle complicated right now,” she says.
Which makes no bloody sense because a minute ago it was 24 Dec and she had already announced that she was not staying until New Years Eve so this has to be 21 Dec at the latest?
Bloody hell Iris, who’s running the newspaper?