Last Holiday

Last Holiday

Wayne Wang (2006)

106min
12 Certificate
Sun 29 Sep 4pm - 6:25pm Film4
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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 Gérard 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
Chef Didier Gerard Depardieu
Sean Matthews LL Cool J
Matthew Kragen Timothy Hutton
Senator Dillings Giancarlo Esposito
Ms Burns Alicia Witt
Rochelle Jane Adams
Marlon Michael Estime
Director Wayne Wang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: DVD
Comedy