The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #35: Last Holiday

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Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy-drama film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, and only a few weeks to live. She decides to spend her last funds on a luxury holiday in Europe in before she dies.

The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman was loosely adapted from the 1950 UK film of the same name by J. B. Priestley. The writers were wanting John Candy for the star-role, but he died and Latifah’s agent suggested a new version starring her. It gained mixed reviews, but Latifah’s performance was universally praised for charm and humor.

This is one of those movies that I like to watch after I’ve had a really bad day. Queen Latifah delivers, debatably, her best performance yet right next to her role in Chicago and LL Cool J also has a good performance as her love interest.

Last Holiday is one of those films that really puts me in a good mood whenever I watch it. It’s a really fun movie that truly got overlooked.

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