“Dress has always been my Strongest Suit.” – Maggie’s Red Carpet 2016 Wrap-Up

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Another red carpet season with Maggie has come to an end. She’s spent the past month sorting through countless photos of every awards show in existence in order to determine her favorite (and most hated) looks of the season. What did she choose? Read on to find out! (Also, your moms are so proud of you, Marshmallow.) –Kim

FIVE BEST OF THE SEASON

Saoirse Ronan, Oscars

Looking back, Saoirse’s gown picks were a little uneven for me, but there’s no question: This is the best look from anyone all season. Everything about this works: the sparkling emerald-green (and whose heart doesn’t melt at the fact that she chose it to represent Ireland?), the classy and sexy silhouette, the perfectly tousled hair and low-key yet dramatic makeup, even the mismatched earrings. It wasn’t Saoirse’s year to win, but I think we know she’s a contender and she’ll be back.

Kate Bosworth, Golden Globes

I know, I’m like a raccoon, I can’t resist shiny things. But this dress! How does this pink beading with silver accents manage to look understated? I think Kate looks so lovely here and I know people use “old Hollywood glamour” to death, but this look is the epitome of that feeling to me.

Jennifer Garner, Oscars

Well, well, look who came to play. Jen only had one appearance this season and she certainly made it count. There are always so many black gowns on the red carpet, so they’re not always memorable and they don’t always stand out from the crowd, but this one. This one is flawless. You can see the interesting details in photos, it’s not flat, it’s sophisticated and flattering. She looks beautiful and completely at ease. Well done.

Krysten Ritter, Critics Choice Awards

THIS. IS. A. MOMENT. We didn’t cover the Critics Choice Awards (although maybe we should have, you’ll see several looks made it into this post), but Kim was watching and she texted me a picture of this dress “for future reference.” And looking over the season, it was an immediate lock for the Best list. I’ve loved Krysten Ritter for years (Veronica Mars, Apt. 23, anyone?) but I’ve never seen her look like a star before. She commands your attention in this (burgundy? Brown? Who cares what the color is, it’s gorgeous) gown that’s perfectly suited to her statuesque figure, raven hair and pale skin, and I think she styled it perfectly (the rare occasion I approve of no bold lip!). With Jessica Jones, she’s found the role she was always meant to play and I feel confident she has a long career, and many red carpets, ahead of her, which I couldn’t be happier about.

Alicia Vikander, Golden Globes

I know this look is divisive but I loved it on the night and I love it now. I think it’s just out of the box enough without going too far. It’s deceptively simple. The ruffles, the belt, the subtle stripes and the way the skirt moves. It all works for me. Easily my favorite white of the season (and there were A LOT of white gowns, seriously).

FIVE WORST OF THE SEASON

Brie Larson, SAG Awards

This remains one of the most significant bummers of my lifetime. I can’t find anything about this that I like, not even the glacier shade of blue. There’s just so much going on from the twists of fabric to the slash over the bust to the sparkle ties on the side to the slit and can we not even mention the orange luggage strap on the back? No, you’re right, we have to mention it because why. Just why. That’s all I want to know. WHY.

Kate Winslet, Oscars

During one of our many heated discussions about Kate’s style at HOF headquarters this season, Kim insisted that at this point in the game Kate would be choosing fit over flare. And I understood that about her early picks, bored though I was. But look at this, you guys. It makes her gorgeous figure just look… wide? I hate even typing that but this liquid metallic trash bag isn’t flattering, it does nothing for her. It’s just sad.

And you guys know I’m pro-eyeglasses at awards shows (so that, you know, people can see), but you have to straighten them before you walk out on stage. Kate, just like keep an eye on Reese, a real friend would have fixed them for you.

Jennifer Lawrence, Golden Globes

No, absolutely not. Okay, I mean, I like this shade of red. But that’s it. It’s kind of matronly, no? And believe me, it feels weird saying that about a dress with cutouts, but here we are, Dior, are you happy now?? I wish I could see it with her hair down (and maybe not quite that shade of blonde). And whoever tacked on that necklace needs a firm talking to.

Julianne Moore, SAG Awards

When she misses, she really misses. I fully hate this. I could have been convinced to get on board with the color but that fabric just looks so itchy to me and I hate the strap/bandeau/cutouts/weird trim of it all. Hard pass.

Rachel McAdams, Oscars

I don’t think this shade of green is doing her any favors, this (wrinkled!) fabric was a terrible choice, and it just looks cheap. Period.

You thought you could get me with a train, Rachel? Nice try, but I remain unmoved.

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“Little black dress just walked into the room.” – Oscar Fashion 2016

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It’s the Super Bowl of Red Carpets! Who scored a touchdown? Who fumbled at the 1 yard line? Who made a two point conversion? Who missed an easy field goal? How many more sports metaphors do you need? Let’s get to Maggie’s picks for best and worst of the night!

BEST

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse slayed, you guys. The dress is to die for. Her hair was perfect. I even liked the mismatched earrings! She is a smoking hot, classy, emerald-green mermaid and I for one am delighted.

The very definition of tasteful side boob. Also paging Niall Horan, this is your future wife.

Jennifer Garner

Listen, I think we all know who the phoenix is and who the ashes is, okay? Jen looks flawless here, down to every detail. The beading and the swoosh of fabric (I know, we’re getting super technical here) could have easily tipped toward too much but this is simply elegant and if you try to tell me different, I will take umbrage.

WORK.

Cate Blanchett


My personal feelings are she’s Cate fucking Blanchett, she can wear what she wants, but friend of HOF Shannon put it more eloquently, “she looks like Venus emerging from sea foam, I am all about it.” SAME.

Charlize Theron

I am not strictly crazy about the straps, but it’s a minor nitpick. Charlize is wearing the hell out of this dress and I love the necklace.

Bonus Emily Blunt preciousness.

Daisy Ridley

I think her hair is too severe and I’m not sure about the detail in the middle, but I am in love with this overall look. I think the metallic is so lovely on her and the length, you guys. This is just so refreshing, I can’t wait to see more from her.

Margot Robbie

Here’s what I love about Margot: she knows how to look like a grownup without looking matronly. She’s not afraid of a long sleeve and she can really pull it off. I’m super attracted to shiny things, so of course I’m really into the gold, and that CLUTCH. I know the hair could be better, but honestly I don’t even care.

Naomi Watts

At first I wasn’t sure about the kind of 80s accent colors in the dress but the sparkles won me over, as they always do. I think this dress is so flattering on her, and she’s styled to perfection. The soft waves and bold lip really pull the look together.

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“This is a really volcanic ensemble you’re wearing.” – SAG Awards 2016 Fashion

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Bless the SAG Awards for being on a Saturday this year, my awards show hangover is much easier to deal with on a Sunday, thank you very much. This was kind of an off night in the season; not a lot of wow moments, l could only come up with seven Best looks when we usually include ten. There were lots of sleeves and textures and patterns, which was interesting, but the night was kind of whelming overall? Let’s take a look and then let me know what you thought in the comments!

BEST

Emilia Clarke

I don’t know if we’ve talked about Emilia much before but I’ve noticed she tends to go for let’s say “mature” looks on the red carpet that I don’t think always do her justice, so I basically started seal clapping when I saw her in this. I die for this bold pink and, as you may remember from the Golden Globes coverage, this neckline and skirt shape are right up my alley. Her accessories are subtle, letting the dress do most of the work, and I think the soft wavy hairstyle looks amazing. She looks age appropriate finally, and elegant and fun at the same time.

Marisa Tomei

Easily the best long-sleeved gown of the night. This style and shade of green are so flattering on her and you know I love sparkles. The belt detail really pulled it all together for me.

Amy Poehler

Look at our ginger queen, you guys. This is so good on her, it’s dramatic and yet she looks perfectly at ease and like herself. Amy can be kind of hit or miss on the red carpet but I think she knocked this one out of the park. (Apparently this was my night for subtle accessories and lowkey hairdos.)

Laura Prepon

I know, I don’t think the waist is exactly right either, but I am still here for this poetic noble land mermaid. That bodice completes me and I love the way the skirt of the dress hangs when she’s standing still or flows around her as she twirls. (We call that a ter-wully dress in my family, although I’m not sure of the spelling? due to an adorable mispronunciation of ‘twirl’ by my sister when she was four.)

Anna Faris

Am I crazy or is this so different for her? I love how sleek and elegant she looks, the short sleeves are adorable, and did you see the deep vee in the back? I’m not wild about the slit, but I’m also not really mad at it.

Naomi Watts

There were a lot of textured fabrics on the red carpet and this one was my fave. The blue is gorgeous with her complexion and I love the simplicity of the black belt. Obviously I’m into the bold lip, but I think the hair was not perfectly on point?

Helen Mirren

Take notes, ladies, this is how it’s done. She’s sparkly, sexy and classy all at the same time.

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Live Blogging the 2016 SAG Awards and Red Carpet

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Welcome to the 2016 SAG Awards everyone! Join us for all the fashion, celebs, and awards. Will Kate and Leo walk away winners? Will Spotlight take home the Best Ensemble Award? Will SAG ever learn that there is a difference between a leading performance and a supporting one on Television? Join us to find out.

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Live Blogging the 2016 Golden Globes Red Carpet

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HAPPY AWARDS SEASON AND GOD BLESS US EVERY ONE. We’re expecting some major fashion on the Red Carpet tonight with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Lady Gaga and Kate Winslet in attendance. Who will stun and who will shock? We’ve got our eyes on newcomers like Brie Larson and Team Outlander hoping they will make a splash. (If Sam Heughan wears a kilt, please send help.) Is Jennifer Lawrence FINALLY free of her terrible Dior contract or will the label continue to do her wrong? Will the mani-cam rise again like a dark phoenix? Come back to this space at 6 PM EST for all the fashion and inane questions. We’ll bring the wine.

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Breaking Down the Golden Globe Nominations

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I have a confession to make.  Yeah, yeah The Oscars are considered the “Super Bowl” of Awards shows, but The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite of all the awards shows out there.  Maybe it’s because they celebrate both film and TV, meaning that many more of my favorite people are in the room.  Maybe it’s because they split the movie awards into Comedy and Drama, giving more films and performances the chance to be honored.  Maybe it’s because out of all the awards bodies, the Globes are the ones most likely to think outside the box and honor new shows (they were the first champion of Mad Men after all).  Maybe it’s because that many celebrities + free-flowing champagne = the potential for all sorts of shenanigans.

Wait.  I KNOW it’s because of the free-flowing champagne induced shenanigans.

The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes were announced this morning and I found myself faced with a peculiar feeling.  And that feeling was…happiness and excitement.  Definitely not one I am used to feeling on Nomination Days.  I’m used to feeling RAGE.  Perhaps I am growing less grumpy in my old age or perhaps the fact of the matter is that The Globes got WAY more right this year than they did wrong.  Sure…there were some moments that had me perplexed (NO MAD MEN), but there were more moments that had me squealing with joy (MONICA POTTER Y’ALL!).  Let’s break down the categories, shall we?

Best Television Series — Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Masters of Sex

The shocker here is the exclusion of awards darling and winner of this category for the past 2 years Homeland.  I’ve only watched the first nine episodes of the show, so obviously I am behind, but I have really heard NOTHING good about Season Three.  So props to the HFPA for not just sticking to the shows they have honored in the past just cause they are the trendy ones.  Mad Men is out of this category for the third year in a row (Again SO WEIRD because like I said…the HFPA were the first ones to reward this show), so while I am MAD, I am not surprised.  Thrilled to see The Good Wife here because this season has been AMAZING.  But really the favorite in this category HAS to be Breaking Bad for its masterful final season.  Though House of Cards could be a spoiler if the HFPA is feeling tricksy.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

This Category is where the HFPA REALLY shook things up, with only ONE returning nominee from last year, in the form of Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Homeland‘s Damian Lewis.  This makes me quite happy, as it really irks me when the same people get nominated every year because it feels like the nominators don’t even WATCH submission tapes (LOOKING AT YOU SAG AND EMMY).

I called it the moment that The Blacklist premiered…James Spader would get a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.  So you can imagine I felt quite smug when his name was called this morning.  I just started watching Masters of Sex and while I think Bill Masters is KIND OF the worst, I think Michael Sheen does brilliant work.  The nomination for Liev Schreiber is the only one that strikes me as ODD, but the Globes ALWAYS have at least one WTF nominee.  Who is usually a famous person.  BUT JON HAMM THOUGH.  I guess I am resigned to the fact that his awards days are over.

Bryan Cranston has to be the favorite here for his brilliance in Breaking Bad, but watch out for Spader.  He has an extensive history with the Globes and they LOVE HIM.  I would not at ALL be surprised if he walked away with the trophy.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

With two-time winner for Homeland Claire Danes out-of-the-way (seriously guys, they must have HATED season 3), I really feel like this is ANYBODY’S to win.  Once again, the Globes did a clean sweep of this category, with only Juliana Margulies returning from last year’s crop.  I could hear screams of joy from my friends all over the world when Tatiana Maslany’s name was called.  I PROMISE I will watch at least SOME of Orphan Black before the Globes so I will GET IT.  I am QUITE surprised that Taylor Schilling is the sole nominee from the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, considering that it is a show I really thought the Globes would embrace.  I’m very sad that Lizzy Caplan didn’t get in for Masters of Sex, but this is a TOUGH category.

My pick to win is Kerry Washington.  If there is any organization that would embrace a show as crazy as Scandal it is this one.  Plus Kerry has movie star cred, which the HFPA loves and oh yeah…she’s fucking brilliant as Olivia Pope.  She’ll need to watch her back for Maslany, but for now, I give this one to the Gladiator.  It’s handled.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

AT LONG LAST PARKS AND RECREATION GETS A NOMINATION FOR SERIES.  YOU GUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYS.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you KNOW how we feel about Parks and Rec.  Will it win?  Probably not.  But it got recognized and we’ll take it.  Yes, I yawn at the inclusion of The Big Bang TheoryModern Family is always a given in this category.  And the HFPA loves Girls, as it won this category last year.  And I imagine it will win again.  But with the exclusion of Glee and nomination for Parks and the SUPER surprise nomination for newbie Brooklyn 99, there will be no table flipping gifs here today.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL QUEEN AMY WINS A TROPHY FOR PLAYING LESLIE KNOPE.

*mic drop*

(Also, subbing in Edie Falco for Tina Fey and you have the EXACT same line-up as last year.  Lazy.)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Aside from the surprise nomination for Andy Samberg, this category bores me.  And the nomination for Michael J. Fox is a bit of a joke to me.  Unless the show has MAGICALLY gotten better.  Next please.

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Kim’s Top 15 Romantic Comedies

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Earlier this week, my friend Jenn tweeted that she made a list of her top 25 Romantic Comedies and I called her out on it.  “25?!” I said, “That is NOT a list.”  I then challenged her to cut it to ten, because, come on, why even make a list if you are not going to try to be DEFINITIVE?  Sure there are tons of great romantic comedies out there, but when you are talking about BEST, I feel like you should always cut things down to ten.  My challenge was met with MUCH weeping and gnashing of teeth from both Jenn and our friend Jaime and I was called many names for remaining firm in my demand for ten.  Finally as suggested by Chelsea, we compromised on 15.

I still say you should be bold enough to pick ten. 😉

It also just so happens that Jenn, Jaime, Sage and I have been discussing launching a podcast and this great romantic comedy debate felt like it would be a great topic for our first episode.  So the four of us set out to choose our top 15’s and we will be coming together to discuss our choices and our rankings, as well as how we feel about the state of the romantic comedy as a genre (answer: not good) and what our individual parameters for good romantic comedy are.  It’s been a lively debate already, and I am sure it will get much livelier.

So without further ado, here’s my list.  Jenn’s can be found here and Sage and Jaime’s lists will be published by the end of the weekend…

15) One Fine Day (1996)

Melanie: Your Peter Pan complex is so 90s.

Jack: What Peter Pan complex?

Melanie: The one you’re so proud of.

Jack: Do you have any friends?

Melanie: I don’t have time for friends.

Jack: That’s because of your Captain Hook complex.

This vastly underrated gem of a film feels like an homage to the great romantic comedies of the 30’s and 40’s like Bringing Up Baby and It Happened One Night.  Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney play single parents who in the span of a day meet, hate each other on sight, become reluctant allies, then friends…then maybe something more.  I love that the movie takes place in the span of a day.  I love that it is a love letter to my beloved New York City (up until Doctor Who‘s “The Angels Take Manhattan, I forever associated the Bethesda Fountain with this movie).  And I love that it is a movie about two GROWN-UPS, which has been the problem with so many modern rom coms…the protagonists are getting younger and younger, and (to me) less relatable.  Jack and Melanie are grown-ups with problems and EARNED neuroses.  Finally…it’s Clooney at his Caesar-cut Clooniest.  If you don’t swoon when he finally says, “What would you do if I kissed you right now?”, there is something wrong with you.

14) Runaway Bride (1999)

Maggie: I love Eggs Benedict, I hate every other kind. I hate big weddings with everybody staring. I’d like to get married on a weekday while everybody’s at work. And when I ride off into the sunset, I want my own horse.

Ike: Should I be writing this down?

I consider Runaway Bride to be the least of the Julia Roberts romantic comedy canon, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still better than most of the combined rom com filmography of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl.  What I DO love about this movie is that the love story of Maggie and Ike almost feels secondary to me…instead it’s really about Maggie learning to love HERSELF and figuring out what she wants outside of a relationship.  It’s only when Maggie realizes that she has been using relationships to set her sense of self that she actually learns how to stand alone and be happy on her own…and THEN she’s able to be happy in a relationship.  It’s quite possibly the most important lesson anyone can learn.  Runaway Bride is filled with delightful supporting performances from Joan Cusack, Rita Wilson, and Hector Elizando and paints a lovely portrait of life in a small town.

Plus, Richard Gere is the definition of “silver fox” in it.

13) The Wedding Planner (2001)

Steve: I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces, or contacts, or glasses and I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner, Mary. But I do know the curves of your face. And I know every fleck of gold in your eyes. I know that the night at the park was the best time I’ve ever had. Pl-please say something.

Mary: I’m a magnet for unavailable men, and I’m sick of it. It’s simple, I love Fran, I respect her, and she loves you. So besides your tux measurements, that’s all I need to know. Please go away.

The Wedding Planner is pure fluff and there is nothing wrong with that.   It’s one of those movies that I will almost always stop and watch when it is on cable…even though I OWN it on DVD.  Jennifer Lopez had a run at becoming the next “romantic comedy queen” in the early aughts, but she was never more relatable than she was as Mary Fiore.  She’s Type-A (yet lovelorn) without being abrasive or pathetically desperate for a man, which is the problem with SO MANY romantic comedy heroines these days.  Mary is independent and THOROUGHLY competent in her job and while the script does include some pratfalls (her meet cute with Steve and the scene with her horse getting spooked), it doesn’t rely on them to make us like her.  Where The Wedding Planner also succeeds is in making Steve’s fiancée Fran incredibly likable, especially when we are supposed to cheer for Steve and Mary to get together.  It would be very easy to make Fran an uncaring shrew, but she’s not.  She’s warm and friendly and smart, and she loves Steve…even if she is not necessarily right for him.  Throw in lovely supporting performances from a pre-Grey’s Anatomy Justin Chambers, the ever-dependable Judy Greer, and a delightfully drunken Joanna Gleason and what do you get?  A movie that is as comforting as a bowl of hot soup on a cold day.

12) The Wedding Singer (1998)

Robbie: [singing] I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad / Carry you around when your arthritis is bad / All I wanna do is grow old with you. / I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches / build you a fire if the furnace breaks / Oh it could be so nice, growin old with you. / I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold. / Need you, feed you, I’ll even let you hold the remote control. / So let me do the dishes in the kitchen sink / Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink. / Oh I could be the man to grow old with you. / I wanna grow old with you.

Made on the heels of comedy classics Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (okay, fine. Classics to ME), The Wedding Singer showcased a side of Adam Sandler we had never seen before, mainly thanks to his delightfully unexpected chemistry with Drew Barrymore.  The Wedding Singer is sweet and goofy, with just enough of the (at the time) signature Adam Sandler-ness to keep it from becoming saccharine.  Barrymore’s Julia is the perfect foil for Sandler’s Robbie…they are both hopeless romantics who bring out the best in each other.  The movie is also a delightful homage to the 80’s and also inspired a musical that I will shamelessly love forever.

Basically, whenever I go to a wedding, I think of The Wedding Singer.  One wedding I went to, I was seated at the dreadful table 9 (“But the worst thing is: that Me, Fatty, Sideburns Lady, and the mutants over at Table 9, will never ever find a way to better the situation, because apparently we have nothing to offer the opposite sex.”) which just made me LAUGH.  Also, I forever judge the first kisses on the church tongue/porno tongue scale.

11) The Holiday (2006)

Arthur Abbott: He let you go. This is not a hard one to figure out. Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.

Iris: You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god’s sake! Arthur, I’ve been going to a therapist for three years, and she’s never explained anything to me that well. That was brilliant. Brutal, but brilliant.

Sadly, this is the most recent movie on my list, which is a definite comment on the state of the romantic comedy as a genre.  If there is an heir apparent to the great Nora Ephron, it’s Nancy Meyers.  Like Ephron, I feel like Nancy Meyers truly GETS romantic comedy and the kind of stories and dialogue it needs.  I don’t feel like it’s Christmas until I have watched The Holiday (and Love Actually, but we’ll get to that later).

I had always been dying for my queen Kate Winslet to star in a modern romantic comedy and man, she nails it with this one.  There are few characters I have related to more than Iris Simpkins.  At the time of seeing The Holiday I was in a relationship very much like the one that Iris has with Jasper, so I cried watching her journey from a spineless doormat to a strong and self-assured woman with “something resembling gumption”.  It was still awhile after I saw The Holiday before I got out of *MY* Jasper relationship, but I sometimes think that she gave me the strength to see my relationship for what it was.

And let’s be honest…both Jude Law and Jack Black (HOW IS HE SO SEXY IN THIS MOVIE AND WHY WON’T HE DO MORE STUFF LIKE THIS?!) are relationship PORN in this movie.

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