A remake of a 1950 Alec Guinness movie -- which shows you how some standards have just utterly deteriorated in the last half-century -- Last Holiday stars Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, a woman who works in the cookwares section of a department store and aspires to be a gourmet chef. When a CAT scan reveals brain tumors, Georgia goes into carpe diem mode, quitting her job, cashing in her savings, and flying to the Czech Republic. Being a conspicuous big spender, she is mistaken for someone much more powerful and influential than she is by wealthy egomaniac Kragen (Timothy Hutton), who just happens to be CEO of the store where Georgia worked. So Kragen tries to figure out who she really is, and that's pretty much the whole plot. This appears to be a movie whose sole reason for existing was to give cast and crew an excuse to stay in a great vacation resort. Latifah, as usual, gives the stiff rich whiteys a lesson in being sassy. Yawn.
Director: Wayne Wang
Writer: Martin Starger, Peter Seaman, Jeffrey Price, J B Priestly and Tim Korn
Producer: Laurence Mark, Jack Rapke and Jeffrey Price
Cast: Queen Latifah, Alicia Witt, LL Cool J, Giancarlo Esposito, Gerard Depardieu, Timothy Hutton, Jacqueline Fleming, Lana Likie, Lucie Vondrackova and Shirl Cieutat