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Last Holiday

Last Holiday

Director:Wayne Wang
Cast:Queen Latifah,LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito, Alicia Witt, Gérard Depardieu, Jane Adams
Release Date:2006
Genre:Comedy, Adventure

Opens Jan. 13

By Bret McCabe | Posted 1/11/2006

This forgetful trifle of a life-affirming comedy has the good sense to construct itself around one bulletproof assumption—that Queen Latifah deserves to be happy. Her Georgia Byrd is a single thirtysomething woman working at a New Orleans department store who always thinks about things she never acts on: her co-worker Sean (an underused LL Cool J), taking a vacation, eating the Emeril dishes she makes every night instead of her Lean Cuisine—in general, speaking her mind and being herself. So when an accident lands her under a CAT scanner that tells her she has a terminal disease, she decides to take her final three weeks and carpe diem. She heads for a posh resort in the Czech Republic, where a French chef (Gérard Depardieu) falls for her gustatory gusto, and where she impresses a vacationing Louisiana senator (Giancarlo Esposito) and maddens her former employer’s reptilian CEO (Timothy Hutton). Director Wayne Wang knows the chick flick inside out, and you know what’s coming about five seconds into the opening credits—whose scene-setting particulars make you wonder if Last Holiday’s opening was pushed back—but it’s hard to hate on a movie whose knight in shining armor is Big L’y himself.

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