Exactly what is it that keeps us going back to The Holiday year after year at Christmas? With respect, it isn’t Jude Law, whose Graham is too much of a drip (and a sloppy drunk) to really rank up there with the hottest leading men in the romantic comedy canon. I’d argue that the film’s lasting appeal has less to do with Law’s twinkly eyes and chunky knits than it does the lust-worthy appliances in Amanda’s exquisitely appointed California kitchen. Am I the only one who’d take that Viking stove over dinner à deux with Mr. Napkin Head?

Kimberley Williams, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, and a young Kieran Culkin in Father of the Bride.

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