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Last Holiday

Last Holiday

Wayne Wang (2006)

106min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After being informed that she has just weeks to live, New Orleans sales assistant Queen Latifah jets off to snowy Europe to meet her hero, chef GĂ©rard Depardieu, and make the luxurious most of her supposed time left in the glamorous Grand Hotel Pupp. Without Latifah's hugely likeable performance, director Wayne Wang's cute and glossy Hollywood version of the JB Priestley/Alec Guinness 1950 satire would be a drab wish-fulfilment fantasy. Instead, the gentle comedy shines through the frothy predictability with an unforced lightness of touch thanks to the fairy-tale Karlovy Vary ski-resort setting and the beyond-the-call-of-duty support cast (which includes LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Alicia Witt and Giancarlo Esposito). Essentially, it's a harmless bit of feel-good fluff with Latifah's personality making even the broadest slapstick scenes work.

Summary

A woman is told she has only weeks to live. Resolving to make the most of the time she has left, she heads for a French hotel presided over by her hero, a world-renowned chef, where her new-found passion for life has a remarkable effect on the other guests. Comedy, starring Queen Latifah, Gerard Depardieu, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton and Giancarlo Esposito.

Cast & Crew

Georgia Byrd Queen Latifah
Sean Matthews L L Cool J
Matthew Kragen Timothy Hutton
Senator Dillings Giancarlo Esposito
Ms Burns Alicia Witt
Chef Didier Gérard Depardieu
Congressman Stewart Michael Nouri
Rochelle Jane Adams (2)
Ms Gunther Susan Kellermann
Darius Jascha Washington
Director Wayne Wang
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 3 Mar 2006

Comedy

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