It is her film. not surprising. not only for splendid performance but for the good script, the perfect team job and, sure, for the life lesson, with all its paragraphs . a film about life, new beginning, joy and the way to transform the others. a comedy, off course. but little more than one of good emotions, recomfortant story. because it is a film of chemistry. between Depardieu and Latifah, between the role and Latifah. and one of beautiful virtues is the status of old fashion film. that film who, after long time of expectation, you discover. so, that is all.
When i started this movie i thought: ¨This is going to be another of those movies¨ you know ¨Just Silly¨cause it starts like you will die soon even thought you haven't had any symptom, so better enjoy whats left of your life, but seeing how much she is enjoying the food, the comfort of her room and the risk she takes, you will end up loving it, cause it is made to be enjoyed and to make you realize how life is supposed to be lived, just piece by piece, enjoying every little good moment.
Originally published on Jan. 10, 2006:You may have begun to think that after such flops as "Taxi," "Bringing Down the House," "Beauty Shop" and "Barber Shop," Queen Latifah's film career peaked with her Oscar- nominated performance in "Chicago" in 2001. That opinion may change a little after viewing her latest effort, "Last Holiday," a cute comedy about a dying woman who goes on a spending spree during her last few weeks on Earth.Basically, it's a remake of the 1950 Alec Guinness film (he was better), as well as Jerry Lewis' "Hook, Line & Sinker" (1969) in which he runs up thousands of dollars in expenses following a terminal diagnosis.Latifah is Georgia Byrd, a quiet, single, New Orleans woman who works as a sales representative in the cookware department of a local department store. She's always dreaming of a better life, as well as the affections of a co-worker, Sean Williams (LL Cool J).She's lonely and shy, and even keeps a book of "Possiblities" in which she places notes and photos of her fondest desires. An accidental bump on the head, though, causes her cautious world to come tumbling down as an MRI reveals that she has the fatal "Lamingham's Disease," a previously undiagnosed malady that gives her just three weeks to live.Faced with her own upcoming mortality, and the fact that she has salted away a considerable sum of cash, Georgia decides to take the trip of her dreams, the Grandhotel Pupp in Czechoslovakia.There, she somehow charms her way into the hearts of a U.S. senator (Giancarlo Espisito, "Derailed"), a congressman (Michael Nouri, "The Terminal"), a world famous chef (Gerard Depardieu), and the mistress of the department store's owner (Alicia Witt, "The Upside Of Anger").Only the sleazy mogul, Matthew Kragen (Timothy Hutton, Oscar-winner for "Ordinary People") sees through her, but she bungles through, excelling at snowboarding – even though she has never done it before – and bank-jumping off a huge dam. Finally, Sean (who somehow had enough cash on hand to do so) makes the Transatlantic journey to find his beloved, about the same time as her doctor, Gupta (Ranjit Chowdhry), discovers some important news. Premise is pretty silly, considering Georgia is only given three weeks to live (which seems a pretty short duration), plus, she seemingly has an endless supply of funds for a department store sales rep.In one particularly ridiculous scene, she complains about flying economy class, asks how much it costs to be in first class, and, in the next scene, is flying up front. The slapstick sequences (including Georgia hurling down a ski slope out of control and wiping out Kragen and a dozen others) are also pretty lame.Overall, though, the film is basically harmless, silly and entertaining. It won't win any awards, but it is a decent diversion for January, and that's not such a bad thing.