Do You Have Gumption?

*** Either you have it, or you don’t. Either you find it, or you won’t. Gumption comes from way deep down, and sometimes it’s tough to identify. Sometimes, you have to do a little soul searching to find it. Take, for example, Iris in “The Holiday.” Iris had been in love with the same man, Jasper, for…

Lessons from “The Holiday” and James Cameron: Find Some Gumption

I could watch “The Holiday” over and over, and it’s not just to see charming Jude Law in action. Nancy Meyers’s adorable flick became a rom-com favorite of mine because I especially love the relationship between Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach), a retired Hollywood screenwriter, and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), a British journalist on holiday in…