Review of Last Holiday (2006)

By Christine Iannicelli

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What would you do if you found out you only had a few weeks to live?  

This is the question that confronts Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), a timid woman who works in a retail store in New Orleans, cooks fabulous meals that she never eats, and daydreams about the life she wished she had.

When she is told by a physician that she has a rare disorder called Lampington’s Disease and her insurance will not cover the operation that can cure her, Georgia quickly goes through the stages of grief before deciding that enough is enough.  She quits her job, gathers whatever money she has, and spends it all on a luxurious spa vacation in Central Europe.  Throwing caution to the wind and indulging in every fantasy, Georgia manages to impress several hotel guests and staff with her carefree spirit while making enemies of some others.  Ultimately, Georgia realizes that what she really wants to do before she dies is admit to a co-worker (LL Cool J) that she loves him.  But will she reach him in time?

Based on a 1950’s British film, Last Holiday is predictable yet enjoyable.  The scenery is breathtaking and Queen Latifah is wonderful as the leading lady.  I especially liked the juxtaposition of Georgia’s timid former self with her self-assured transformation.  Funny and charming, Last Holiday is a feel-good movie that will inspire anyone to live each day as if it were their last.

Favorite Quotes:

“Next time… we will laugh more, we’ll love more; we just won’t be so afraid.”

“The start is not nearly as important as the finish.”

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