In morte veritas. Georgia Byrd clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn't left Louisiana. All that changes when a CT Scan discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks. Will the truth set them free?Written by
The writers of this film are big fans of Ealing Studios comedies, and jumped at the chance to remake the original Alec Guinness film, Last Holiday (1950). Originally they intended for John Candy to play George Bird, but the project was shelved after Candy's death. It was resurrected years later when Queen Latifah's agent read the script, and contacted the writers about rewriting the story for a woman in the lead. See more »
When Kregan and his guests are first shown eating together in the Granhotel Pupp restaurant, the wine in their glasses switches between white wine and red wine several times. See more »
The cost of a median cranial debulking surgery is around $340,000. That's without anesthesia. You'll want that.
See more »
The end credits show us how everybody in the movie's futures turned out. See more »
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this movie.
Yes the plot has been done many times before. As with most romantic comedies, it's nothing deep, had some cheesy moments and was totally predictable (I figured out the whole movie in the first 10 minutes).
But I really enjoyed it all the same. I laughed a lot in this movie. Partly because I could totally relate to trying to live life under the radar as woman that doesn't look like a model. Plus it was refreshing to see an African American woman shown with some depth in a movie. Not just the mean black woman.
There was very little cussing, little sexuality, and no nudity. Truly refreshing these days.
If you just want to enjoy a movie without having to put too much thought into it, go see this movie.
91 of 108 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this