Movie Time . . . Queen Latifah Rules in Last Holiday

* For my course, I could submit a film report for extra credit. J

Wang, W., Latifah, LL Cool J, Hutton, T., Witt, A., Esposito, G., et al. (2006). Last holiday. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures.

New Orleans native Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) lives a quiet, lonely life. She works in cooking area of a department store and pines after the shy Sean Matthews (L.L. Cool J.), a fellow employee in the outdoor equipment department. She is a good girl who goes to church, sings in the choir, and dutifully helps the community. She dreams of being a chef in her own restaurant. When Georgia finds out that she is terminally ill and does not even have a month to live, she cashes in her policies and pursues her dreams by traveling to the extravagant resort in the French Alps and eating the delicious food of Chef Didier (Gérard Depardieu). While spending money like there is no tomorrow, Georgia captivates the attentions of those around her.

Last Holiday is the 2006 remake of the 1950 movie bearing the same name. The first movie starred Alec Guinness and, thus, the characters are not the same in the 1950 and the 2006 movies. However, the premise is similar. This Last Holiday is rated PG-13 for sexual references and is nearly two hours long.

This movie is a romantic comedy, for the most part. Some might consider it a chick flick since the main character is a female who has been sentenced with terminal illness. However, the happy ending and the positive tone of the movie does not fit the bill of chick flick in my eyes. Since Georgia does venture to the French Alps and does all sorts of crazy things like ski and jump off a cliff, it could be considered an adventure.

I would recommend this movie to most viewers. I believe the sexual references would go over the heads of younger viewers and I liked the movie’s upbeat tone. I particularly liked that this movie had little offensiveness in it. The foul language was minimal and there was no sex or violence. Georgia is a very likable character and she is kind and encouraging to the other characters in the movie. Even when she does not like some of the characters, she does try to help them and direct them to look on the bright side.