Category Archives: nancy meyers rom coms

romantic comedy films starting from the year 2000 by nancy meyers

The Holiday

Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black

There are two romances and two story lines in this film – two different women in different countries who trade places for a holiday. They have both had their hearts broken and need a getaway. The getaway involves each of them meeting some-one new. How can it work when the one they meet lives on the other side of the world?

Each woman becomes involved in a journey of self-discovery on their holidays. They also meet interesting people, form relationships, and discover how strong they are.

I like Kate and Jack much better than Cameron and Jude in this film. In fact, I find Cameron quite annoying in some scenes. There’s a gorgeous role played by Eli Wallach that will make you cry. And in the end, there’s happiness all round.

Not a bad flick, made bearable by Kate Winslet I reckon, still worth a look if you come across it, but wouldn’t bother renting it.


It’s Complicated

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Lake Bell

Jane (Streep) and Jake (Baldwin) have been divorced for 10 years. When they meet up again for one of their children’s graduations, they embark on an affair. Jake has a new, young, hot wife  (Lake Bell, who incidentally plays Tipper in What Happens in Vegas) and Jane is trying to start a new relationship, so their affair is truly complicated. Will they try and get back together, or is it too late for a reunion?

I love this movie. I could watch it over and over. Streep’s character is admirable and beautiful – both in nature and looks.

Streep also has a posse of girlfriends – something that always endears a movie to me.  I also love movies that feature food and cooking. Friends and food, you can’t go wrong – there is a wonderful scene where Jane makes a French dish for Adam (played by Steve Martin) called Croque Monsieur.  I always want to jump up and dash to the kitchen when I see this.

This is a lovely, funny movie and both Baldwin and Martin are as likable as Streep. It’s about life and how moving through it makes us change. And sometimes understanding these changes is a complicated thing. This film is for the more mature viewer.

Something’s Gotta Give

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Henry (Nicholson) is an expert on dating young women – he’s 63, successful, wealthy, never married and still desirable. That is, until he has a heart attack and he has to realise his limitations. His girlfriend’s mother (Keaton) reluctantly has to take care of him. Although Erica initially despises Henry, they find they have a lot in common, particularly as they are of the same age, and eventually fall in love.

Erica is a famous playwright and attracks the attention of Henry’s young doctor (Reeves).  She knows she has feelings for Henry, but is flattered by the young Julian’s adoration. Besides which, Henry doesn’t know how to react to love, he’s confused, eventually breaking Erica’s heart.

I love this film and its plethora of happy dinners. I saw it years ago and didn’t have the same reaction. Now that I’m older I appreciate a film where older people find love and romance – and eat! The acting is terrific from everyone involved, especially Keaton. This film was very well received in 2006 and manages to maintain this status.

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