POLL: Which Nancy Meyers movie house would you want to live in?

If you left It’s Complicated thinking you’d like to own the house Meryl Streep’s character lives in, you’re not alone. It’s a common reaction to any film directed and/or written by Nancy Meyers. Personally, I’m still hoping to end up in a Vermont home similar to Diane Keaton’s in 1987’s Baby Boom (and with a vet) and vacation annually at Keaton’s Hamptons beach house in Something’s Gotta Give and Kate Winslet’s English cottage in The Holiday. In a recent must-read New York Times Magazine profile, Meyers, who believes a home and its furnishings can develop a character, also explains her heroines’ exquisite and expensive taste as “appealing. It softens the message.” Times writer Daphne Merkin then has to ask: Does that “softening the message” ultimately weaken her films?

Jeanine Basinger, chairwoman of the film-studies department at Wesleyan University, tells the Times that Meyers’ films don’t require that you think about them after the credits roll: “She makes it easy for the actors and the audience…. They can slip into their parts and be happy, and we can slip into our seats and be happy.” I don’t think whether or not I can afford on-screen linens determines if a movie stays with me. Baby Boom is burned into my memory because I’m a single city girl who wonders if she should slow down and move to the country, and The Holiday because I fantasize about having the cojones to take an extended solo vacation and make a new reality for myself for two weeks. I enjoyed It’s Complicated, but because I’m not a divorcée, I’m not going to spend time thinking what if. But since I am currently thinking that I really would have liked to have seen Streep’s completed renovation, let’s take a poll: Which Nancy Meyers movie house would you most like to live in? Vote after the jump.

P.S. I’d ask you to weigh in on the “softening the message” debate, but honestly, wouldn’t you be pissed if you saw a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy at this point that didn’t have a house you coveted? Or would you rather see another Private Benjamin and Protocol from her?

P.P.S. Not a joke there. I do love Protocol.

Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon


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  • w

    I read somewhere her shows are considered “women’s porn”. Women fantasize about a perfect house, a great career, no money problems, and even though we’re older (but have aged beautifully!)men are fighting over us. I agree – this is women’s porn!

  • Jackie

    I’m a total city girl, so I have to go with Helen Hunt’s apartment in “What Women Want.” City girl aside, though, it was a gorgeous apartment!

  • Lisa Simpson

    I’m just wondering what message needs softening?

    • talkin’

      yes, good question

  • MoMc

    The home from Father of the Bride is my all time favorite movie home. I used to have a picture of it on my mirror.

  • Shannon

    I have been in love with the Father of the Bride house since I first saw that movie when I was 16! To me it is the ultimate house does anyone know if this is a real house? I have never been to CA I would love to find a house like that in VA

  • Jenn

    The Father of the Bride home has always been my favorite. When I watched this movie for the 1st time as a kid, I dreamed about having a place like that when I was all grown up.

  • Madi

    Small note: Helen Hunt’s apartment was in Chicago, not New York.

  • Sgerbil

    Every time I watch the Holiday it is a battle of which house is better.

  • Coopy

    God these films are house porn at it’s finest.

  • Kristin

    I have been in love with the house from “Father of the Bride” since I was 12 years old. It is, by far, my favorite movie house in the history of movies.

  • Christi

    I will go with Jude Law’s amazing house in “The Holiday,” that should be on the list!

  • Allie

    either cameron diaz’s mansion or kate winslet’s cottage in the english countryside. her cottage would be an excellent vacation spot to get away from the fancy lifestyle like in cameron’s mansion. i would love to live in the english countryside for a vacation! i’d actually choose that over cameron’s house.

  • Kaiulani

    Torn between the Hampton Beach House, Chicago Appartment and LA Mansion.

  • April

    This is a tough one. Cameron Diaz’s house was amazing but the Winslet cottage was lovely and quaint and away from it all – literally.

    But I always loved the Father of the Bride house

  • Cali556

    it’s a toss up between cameron’s LA mansion in the holiday and Quaid’s Napa home in the parent trap. I’m a california native and can’t decide between the two

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