Run time: 136 mins
Rivalling Love Actually for the ultimate seasonal guilty pleasure; this glutinous, Christmas pudding of a film is coated in a kind of buttery, golden glow of sickly sweet romance.
Cameron Diaz – her beaming, hyperactive face almost entirely devoid of ordinary human emotion – plays Amanda, a movie trailer editor who has come to England on a cute "house swap" holiday with a stressed English journalist called Iris (Kate Winslet). Iris has had her heart broken and strikes various Bridget Jonesy poses of snuffly, tissuey, jumper-wearing despair around the house, before snapping up the house-swap offer and zipping over to live in Amanda’s spiffy Los Angeles home for Christmas, leaving behind her roguish brother, Graham. This is the impossibly handsome Jude Law, a book editor with whom Amanda has raunchy sex with her bra on. Back in LA, Kate Winslet finds herself drawn to quirky, vulnerable musician Miles (Jack Black) – chubby, yet clearly hubby material.
Winslet and Black come off better as the more engaging, loveable pairing; I kept hoping we would stay in LA, only to keep away from the, frankly, creepy Graham. You’re better than that Amanda