First of all, the Nancy Meyers Christmas film The Holiday is an absolute classic, and I will not hear a bad word about it.
Second of all…. look, alright, there are some bad words to be had about it. Not many, you understand, but imho Jack Black and Kate Winslet were always a weird on-screen couple and through the lens of 2017, it’s a blindingly white movie.
But: it is a classic, ja feel?? If romantic comedies make you roll your eyes as you pretend to enjoy a cheap whiskey and watch RoboCop for the 40th time, then this ain’t the post for you. (That movie rules, though.)
In case you somehow missed 2006, The Holiday stars Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two women who house swap (which I think was a thing in the pre-Airbnb years of the 2000s) after their love lives take a turn for the worst. In each other’s houses and lives, they both meet a man (Black and Jude Law, respectively), and after some highs and lows, laughs and cries, all end the movie dancing happily in Winslet’s adorable English cottage despite the fact that geographical differences (Diaz and Black live in L.A.) would render any continued relationship all-but dead.
Whatever. It’s fantastic.
But as we come into Christmas season – and yes, it’s mid November, Christmas season is well and truly here – it’s time to start debating everyone’s favourite holiday movies all over again.
Alanna Bennett, who writes about film and TV over at BuzzFeed US, starting this whole debate up.
*whispers* Kate Winslet was miscast in The Holiday there i said it— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) November 16, 2017
She’s wrong, but okay.
People had a few thoughts about how exactly she was wrong:
counterpoint: she was perfect, deserved a better foil than jack black— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) November 16, 2017
(she’s too good for this movie and that’s part of the charm for me because i think it’s like watching an olympian help at a college practice, she seems to enjoy herself)
CAMERON was miscast!!!— Kat Angus (@katangus) November 16, 2017
But that led her here:
More importantly though: if you had to completely recast The Holiday for 2017 who’d be who https://t.co/EeK5jxIWUN— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) November 16, 2017
And now, folks are casting their imaginations wild for the ultimate casting of a The Holiday reboot.
We’ll start with Ira Madison‘s, because this was the only one I could be bothered to photoshop a version of.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Iris— Ira Madison III (@ira) November 16, 2017
Tiffany Haddish as Amanda
Daniel Kaluuya as Graham
Jerrod Carmichael as Miles https://t.co/wpw8N76LhT
That took me far too long and still isn’t very good, so just USE YOUR IMAGINATIONS for the rest of them, okay?
Idris Elba replaces Jude— alex abad-santos (@alex_abads) November 16, 2017
Chris Evans replaces Cameron
John Cho replaces Kate
Oscar Isaac replaces Jack
Oops. I did this wrong. I think I also made a gay porn.
10/10 would watch, tbh.
sterling k brown = jude law (the guy just makes everyone swoon!)— Alicia Dalrymple (@alicia_brooke) November 16, 2017
tessa thompson = kate winslet (she would be adorkable)
donald glover = jack black (bring back a little troy barnes flavor)
mindy kaling = cameron diaz (the queen of romcom tv needs a movie!)
(this took me 15 mins!)
Also 10/10 would watch.
sandra oh, mahershala ali, nia long, and keegan michael key (w jimmy smitts as rufus sewell and Harvey Keitel as eli wallach in the supporting roles) https://t.co/3PwGjfKhjC— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) November 16, 2017
Alright just make all of these happen, okay?
Clare Foy, Tom Hidelston, Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani— Jennifer Wachtell (@JenWachtell) November 16, 2017
I spent way too long on this and some of these have been said already but….— Gabrielle Costa (@gabriellemcosta) November 16, 2017
Mindy Kaling as Kate Winslet
Chris O'Dowd as Jack Black
Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Diaz
Dev Patel as Jude Law (went a little younger for these ones, I think)
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Amanda— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne) November 16, 2017
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Graham
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Iris
Diego Luna as Miles
Riz Ahmed paired with Gugu Mubatha-Raw, Gina Rodriguez or Anna Kendrick paired with Chris Evans, Oscar Isaacs as the cad https://t.co/t152aBln60— J. Clubs (@J_Chlebus) November 16, 2017
Please, if Hollywood loves us AT ALL and wants to make up for a real shitty year, let 2018 be the year that The Holiday gets the reboot it deserves.