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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.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 202414197
UPC 097363345947
UPC 14 00097363345947
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Death
Illness
On-The-Road
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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).
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
Directors
Wayne Wang
Actors
Queen Latifah
Cast & Crew
Daniel Orlandi - Costume Designer
Deirdre Slevin - Editor
Geoffrey Simpson - Cinematographer
George Fenton - Original Music By
Gerard Depardieu - Actor
Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
Jeffrey Price - Screenplay
Laurence Mark - Producer
Queen Latifah - Actor
Steve Starkey - Executive Producer
Timothy Hutton - Actor
Wayne Wang - Director
William Arnold - Production Designer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 334594
UPC 00097363345947
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Boston Globe
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Wesley Morris
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Queen Latifah
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald ...enjoyable comedy...
Matt Singer, Village Voice ...surprisingly satisfying...

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