Couch Potato Pickings
In this feelgood film, London journalist Iris (Kate Winslet) and American film-maker Amanda (Cameron Diaz) are lovelorn women living on opposite sides of the Atlantic who impulsively decide to swap homes for the Christmas holiday. So Iris moves into a lavish LA house while Amanda settles into a cosy cottage in Surrey.
How many junior journalists working in London can afford to live in a cottage in a beautiful setting within the commuter belt?
In the real world, junior journalists are far more likely to be residing in a bedsit in Croydon, Surrey than a period, detached property in rural Shere.
OK, so Iris may have inherited her house or she may come from a wealthy family, but what I find hilarious about this film is that it is so far-fetched yet is probably how many Americans think we Brits live. It’s an easy watch though and suitably festive.