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Last Holiday (2006)

Director: Wayne Wang     Starring: Queen Latifah
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202414197
UPC: 097363345947
UPC 14: 00097363345947
Category Keywords: Death  Illness  On-The-Road  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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She always thought she was somebody special...and she was.
Discover what happens when a woman finds out that her days are numbered. She throws caution to the wind to embark on a lifetime of fun in just a few weeks.

"...enjoyable comedy...  Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"...surprisingly satisfying...  Matt Singer, Village Voice

Editor's Note
Queen Latifah is absolutely delightful in Wayne Wang's romantic comedy, LAST HOLIDAY. Latifah stars as Georgia Byrd, a reserved plus-sized woman who lives a dreary, ordinary life in pre-Katrina New Orleans, where she dreams of an elegant existence filled with fancy food, stylish clothing, and high-society parties. But she spends most of her evenings eating frozen dinners all alone, often thinking about a shy coworker (LL Cool J) she has a crush on. When she is suddenly diagnosed with a terminal illness and given three weeks to live, she collects her savings and decides to go crazy, doing all those things she would never allow herself to do before. She heads for one of the world's ritziest hotels, the Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, where she takes advantage of every luxury she can, from spa treatments to downhill ski runs to helicopter trips to designer shopping excursions. While her lavish appetite is admired by a gourmet chef (Gerard Depardieu, showing agile comic skill), she is deemed a potential threat by a corporate bigwig (a slick Timothy Hutton). She's also none too happy to find her too-smooth senator (Giancarlo Esposito) enjoying a lush vacation instead of serving his community.

Latifah simply lights up the screen in a somewhat different version of the role played by Alec Guinness in Henry Cass's 1950 original. This version of LAST HOLIDAY has been updated with a playful pop soundtrack, Geoffrey Simpson's beautiful photography, William Arnold's bright and colorful production design, and an enjoyable, lighthearted pace from director Wang (DIM SUM, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, and MAID IN MANHATTAN).

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/21/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 334594
Video UPC UPC: 00097363345947
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Last Holiday - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/19/2008 4:33 PM
Queen Latifah and LL Cool J often do great work in bad movies – she elevates unnecessary Barbershop spin-offs; he convincingly flexes his acting muscles in action-centered junk like S.W.A.T. and Mindhunters. Wayne Wang’s Last Holiday might be the first film to allow both bright spots to shine in support of a good feature. Essentially a remake of a 1950s Alec Guinness comedy, Holiday casts Latifah as Georgia Bird, a kind-hearted department store sales clerk who is too shy to ask out her dream man, Sean (Cool J), and too timid to pursue her dream career as a chef. After receiving a brutal bump on the head at work, Georgia is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and told she has three weeks to live....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gerard Depardieu
Video Cast Info Giancarlo Esposito
Video Cast Info Queen Latifah
Video Cast Info Timothy Hutton
Video Cast Info Daniel Orlandi - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Deirdre Slevin - Editor
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Simpson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info George Fenton - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Price - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Laurence Mark - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Starkey - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Wayne Wang - Director
Video Cast Info William Arnold - Production Designer

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"[T]here are moments when the film invokes the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart's Jefferson Smith and George Bailey." 04/01/2006 p.60

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "One of those films that can't help but put a smile on your face....Saved by a warm performance from Latifah." 07/01/2006 p.89

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The movie was directed by Wayne Wang, whose "Joy Luck Club" and "Maid in Manhattan" showed a sure feel for romantic comedy with a human dimension. The key thing he does with Queen Latifah is to accept her. She is not elbowed into an unlikely comic posture or remade into a cliche, but accepted for who she is. Or perhaps not for who she really is (for which of us knows the mystery of another?) but for who she can play so comfortably and warmly on the screen. - Roger Ebert

Boston Globe 8 of 10
Director Wayne Wang and his screenwriters sometimes ape ''Pretty Woman." But Latifah's obvious forebear is Pearl Bailey, who was just as regal and straight-up. - Wesley Morris

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Queen Latifah
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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