Big question: Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) finds out she has three weeks to live and makes a beeline to Europe. Will this remake of "Last Holiday" (1950) inspire you to live each day as though it were your last?
Catch it: Latifah is the firecracker that lights up this holiday, gleefully displaying Georgia's emerging inner strength before it's too late. She's the risk-taking spark in a film that takes few chances of its own.
Skip it if: You take into account Georgia's pre-hurricane hometown. In real life, the New Orleans native would make much better use of her savings than spa treatments and snowboarding lessons.
Bottom line: "Last Holiday" is the perfect vehicle for Latifah's sassy, contagious energy, and she's evenly matched by LL Cool J, who is charming as Georgia's dream man. It's a generic but pleasant mental vacation worth taking if you've got time to spare.
Bonus: Reminding Hollywood that women who weigh more than a side salad can make damn fine leading ladies, too.
Directed by Wayne Wang; screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter Seaman and J.B. Priestly; music by George Fenton; photographed by Geoffrey Simpson; edited by Deirdre Slevin; production designed by William Arnold; produced by Laurence Mark, David Minkowski, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Matthew Stillman, Richard Vane and Robert Zemeckis. A Paramount Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:52. MPAA rating: PG-13 (parents cautioned for language)
Georgia Byrd - Queen Latifah
Sean Matthews - LL Cool J
Matthew Kragen - Timothy Hutton
Sen. Dillings - Giancarlo Esposito
Ms. Burns - Alicia Witt
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