lastholidaybluThis is a heartwarming comedy that takes cue from ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Pretty Woman’. While the film does not offer anything new, which is based off of the original 1950 version of the same name with Alec Guinness, it is still very entertaining film. The remake did very well at the box office with a worldwide total gross of $43 million dollars. In DVD sales, the film has almost matched its box office totals.

When Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) is a store clerk that bumps her head at work, she’s rushed to the on-site HMO-approved cut-rate medical facility, where a CAT scan on a used machine indicates she has a number of tumors in her brain. The diagnosis is that she now only has three weeks to live.Georgia is determined to take her dreams that she’s been putting off and live them all in the next three weeks. Cashing in the IRA and bonds she inherited from her mother, she takes off for a European ski chalet, where her blue-collar wisdom takes the diamond-studded crowd by storm. She also has a passion for her co-worker, Sean Matthews (LL Cool J). Mathews has a quite personality that she really finds attractive.

Among the richest of the rich in attendance are a Senator and a congressman being courted by Matthew Kragen (Timothy Hutton), a self-help guru and the owner of the department store chain Georgia used to work for. Georgia’s unabashed verve for life (given her newfound respect for it, now that she believes she’s losing it) and her unexpected respect to the hotel staff gain her the admiration of almost everyone except Kragen, whose determined to crack the mystery behind Georgia Byrd.

‘Last Holiday’ has funny moments, but it is largely (and to its credit) a collection of satisfying ones. Seeing Georgia gain a new confidence and come out of her coccoon will have audiences on her side from start to finish. This is a very uplifiting film that is being released at the right time for the holidays between Christmas and New Year’s.
Movie Content: 3.5/5

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid throughout the presentation. Black levels aren’t as deep. Flesh tones are accurate and natural looking. Details are also excellent. The print is pristine from any issues.
Video Quality: 4/5

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. For a film of this nature, the audio is very engaging in the soundfield. The rears actually get a nice amount of usage with the soundtrack. Dialogue through the center channel is very clean and crisp. The mix is well balanced between the dialogue and soundfield.
Audio Quality: 4/5

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Special Features

  • Last Holiday: Packing Light
  • Last Holiday: Last Look
  • Last Holiday: 23 Years in the Making
  • Deleted Scenes: Kick The Car – Where To Cowboy?
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

All special features are available in standard definition, except for the trailer which are in high definition.
Special Features: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts:

Fans of Queen Latifah and ‘Last Holiday’ will enjoy this film very much. Those looking for a romantic film, you will have some fun with this popcorn hit that is a nice Saturday time killer. I recommend this film as a mere rental.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Rental)