Last Holiday

  • Review Date: April 30, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 112 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Formulaic but sometimes winning comedy.
  • Review Date: April 30, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 112 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lessons learned: greedy executives and politicians learn to be "better people" by listening to big-hearted Georgia.


Some winter sports result in crashes and bumps.


Breif, mostly comic references to sexual activity ("going down"), desire, and body parts ("booty," "ass"), some kissing, some bodies barely exposed in massage and sauna scenes.


One use of "motherf---," "damn," "hell," "ass."


Emeril on TV and in cameo, Lean Cusine, Travelocity.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking with dinners, and on New Year's Eve, one character becomes drunk and depressed; minor smoking by background characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes comedic references to a terminal illness and some nonexplicit but perhaps mildly worrisome scenes of medical examination (loud machines, doctor's bad news, lack of health insurance). Characters allude to sexual desire and appearances (references to "going down," "ass," "booty," and breasts; soundtrack songs include "Let's Get It On"); women wear swimsuits, towels, and cleavage-revealing clothing; some brief kissing. A couple of characters smoke (cigar and cigarette) and multiple characters drink, one to the point of despairing intoxication, whereupon he sits on a building ledge while others worry he will jump. Characters are deceitful and selfish. Sports activities (snowboarding, base jumping) involve some antic violence. Some profanity.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In LAST HOLIDAY, Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) sings in her church choir and sells cookware at a department store. An aspiring chef, she also dreams of marrying a handsome coworker Sean (LL Cool J). It takes a dreadful misunderstanding to drive Georgia to act on her desires. Following a clunk on the head at work, a doctor tells her that she has only weeks to live. She quits the job and cleans out her savings for a trip to a European resort village where she stays at the Hotel Pupp and impresses the magnificent Chef Didier (Gérard Depardieu) with her grand appetite. She also affects various unhappy hotel guests and staff. Senator Dillings (Giancarlo Esposito) needs to get back in touch with his public mission. Ms. Burns (Alicia Witt) works for and sleeps with self-absorbed executive Kragen (Timothy Hutton), who believes Georgia is a business competitor. And imperious hotel valet Ms. Gunther (Susan Kellermann) first perceives Georgia as the enemy.

Is it any good?


Wayne Wang's remake of the 1950 Alec Guinness film is a mostly generic romantic comedy, buoyed by the amazing Queen Latifah. The film offers a rudimentary class critique in working-class Georgia's boisterous reeducation of the hoity-toity types. She does this by thoughtful listening and also by doing, enthusiastically taking up snowboarding, gambling, base jumping, and cooking with Chef Didier.

But this comfort-foodish film can't get out from under its burden of clichés. As she gains increased clout (maybe her new Hollywood star counts for something), perhaps the Queen can angle for work that's challenging and rewarding for all her subjects.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Georgia's decision to pursue her dreams -- only after she believes she is about to die. How does she "teach" others who are focused on material success, greed, and reputations to reconsider priorities?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 13, 2006
DVD release date:May 2, 2006
Cast:Alicia Witt, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah
Director:Wayne Wang
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:112 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for some sexual reference.

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Kid, 11 years old May 15, 2010
last holiday is a great comedy for the whole family (not for the little ones of corse) it has some profanity one some sexual refrences great movie
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuitelife April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 13 years old Written byMikaylaaMadisonn July 26, 2009

e.g. Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

I have seen this movie multiple times. Love it. (:


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