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Last Holiday (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 52

Although Queen Latifah's bountiful life-affirming spirit permeates the film, director Wayne Wang is unable to revive this remake with any real flair.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 11

Although Queen Latifah's bountiful life-affirming spirit permeates the film, director Wayne Wang is unable to revive this remake with any real flair.

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A woman learns to love life when she finds out she won't be around long in this comedy. Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) lives in New Orleans, where she works in the cookware department of an upscale gourmet supply shop. While Georgia carries a torch for Sean (LL Cool J), one of her co-workers, she doesn't have the nerve to tell him, and despite her estimable skills in the kitchen, she lives frugally and doesn't put her talent to use. Georgia's good friend Rochelle (Jane Adams) often tells her that

May 2, 2006

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It's not exactly distinguished, but pleasantly warm-hearted, and the sort of thing you might enjoy on afternoon TV when laid up with the flu.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The most surprisingly satisfying Hollywood comedy in ages.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It may not be much -- it's a remake of a 1950 Alec Guinness film -- but it is as bright as a Christmas bauble.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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In its corny, cartoonish way, it even suggests a generosity of spirit that's faithful to the 1950 original.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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An awful lot makes no sense in Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman's script, starting with its basic premise.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a movie with lots of great cuisine, and precious little flava.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Formulaic but sometimes winning comedy.

December 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Queen Latifah remains here an utterly imperturbable, warm and human presence.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A nice little romantic comedy which also packs an emotional punch.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Here at least, Latifah has only two modes: heavily constipated and sass-tastic.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

If you had three weeks left to live, I wouldn't recommend you spend your precious time watching this.

September 26, 2006
Christianity Today

It's obvious where "Last Holiday" goes and at times it takes too long to get there, but watching Latifah work her style and spirit when she gets to the Grandhotel Pupp is pure enjoyment.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Not the worst movie ever made -- no thanks to Latifah.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A wish fulfilment fantasy dressed up with a shopping spree, a gorgeous mountain resort in Europe, a world class chef creating new menus every day, champagne, exotic massage and health spa, snow capped scenery and linen to die for

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Wayne Wang keeps things on an even keel, with good supporting performances from LL Cool J as Latifah's romantic interest, Timothy Hutton as a corporate villain and Alicia Witt as Hutton's secretary/mistress.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Latifah is the risk-taking spark in a film that takes few chances of its own.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Is Wayne Wang going to keep remaking Maid In Manhattan until he gets it right? Well, keep trying Wayne.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Money can buy you happiness in this inferior remake - although its makeover storyline may please fans of The Princess Diaries et al.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's clear that Queen Latifah is a proper, old school movie star - the camera loves her and her constantly upbeat screen persona is extremely likeable. It's just a shame that studios don't seem able to find a decent vehicle for her talents.

March 2, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

At best it's a bumpy ride through predictable territory.

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

[Latifah] shows both comedic and dramatic range, and garners sympathy despite the script's lack of depth.

February 21, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

This is a terrific story with lots of wonderful ideas swirling around inside it, and a few genuinely wonderful sequences. But the film suffers from a complete lack of attitude or style.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

"Last Holiday" is more than a story that lets us escape. It's a story we'd like to believe could actually happen.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Set in a luxurious locale and awash in generosity for its characters, even the mean ones, Last Holiday delivers the glamour and sentimentality associated with classic movies.

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

[Latifah] makes you easily sympathize with her character, even as you're aware of the plot's utter contrivance.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for Last Holiday

A really great film! Very funny! A must see!
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Queen Latifah, yum! Going to Europe, spending all da money, ballin'!
December 17, 2009
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    1. Georgia Byrd: I didn't come here to make an impression on anybody, I just came here to blow every last cent I had.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (49 days ago)
    1. Chef Didier: The start is not nearly as important as the finish.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (49 days ago)
    1. Ms. Burns: Who was it who said 'Adversity is the stone on which I sharpen my blade?
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    1. Georgia Byrd: Tanya, ain't no such thing as a black country-western singer.
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    1. Georgia Byrd: What you gonna do in Nashville?
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    1. Georgia Byrd: Enough is enough right now, Mr. Adamian.
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