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01/17/2007 - by DNA Smith

"The Holiday"

Running time: 138 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

It's two reviews for the price of one this week. Both are by-the-numbers genre flicks. The first you should probably wait to watch on video, the second should never be seen ever.

The first is your standard chick flick: "The Holiday," starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two flustered single women who spend more time talking about love than actually pursuing it.

Winslet is a newspaper writer covering the wedding beat in Surrey, England, while Diaz's character lives in Beverly Hills and runs a company that makes movie trailers. The two hook up online to exchange homes for two weeks during Christmas. While living in each other's homes, they both find the man of their dreams — but not until they each do the prerequisite chick-flick stuff (dance in pajamas to a classic rock song, wring their hands about Taking a Chance on Love, blah blah blah).

"The Holiday" isn't lousy, but it really isn't great either. The average guy will be bored stiff, and I imagine most women will probably think it's OK.

GRADE: C-

"Eragon"

Running time: 139 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

Our second film is "Eragon," one of the worst movies of the year. The special effects are worse than what you'd expect on The Hallmark Channel — as is the script, which sounds like it was written by an 8-year-old who'd just spent the weekend watching the first "Star Wars" movie and "Lord of the Rings." Trust me, if you watch "Eragon" there won't be enough bleach to wash the pain from your memory.

GRADE: F

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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