"Don't Hide Your Light Under a Bushel"
LAST HOLIDAY is a heartwarming, hilarious comedy for mature audiences. It has a strong Christian worldview, mitigated by some PG-13 content and some Romantic elements.
Georgia Byrd is a shy clerk at Kragen’s Dept. Store in New Orleans. She loves to cook, however, and puts recipes in a diary she calls her Possibilities Book. She also puts pictures of her romantic interest, Shawn, a handsome clerk also working at the store.
Though shy, Georgia is the best salesperson at the chain store, whose sales are slumping, despite the Christmas season. One day, while talking to Sean about cooking, she bumps her head really hard and faints. Sean takes her to the company doctor, who runs a cat scan on Georgia. The cat scan says Georgia has an uncommon brain disease. The company doctor and another physician tell her that she only has four weeks to live.
With no family, Georgia decides to use all her savings for a final trip to the fancy Swiss hotel where one of her favorite chefs, Chef Didier, cooks. She tries to tell her boss, but he is so concerned with his own conceited ambitions that she decides to quit right then and there.
At the hotel, who should she run into but the owner of her chain store, Mr. Kragen, who’s trying to woo a Congressman and a Senator. At the hotel, Georgia splurges on food, clothing and the hotel’s spa. Her splurging causes Kragen’s party to think that Georgia is a rich businesswoman. Kragen, who’s cheating on his wife with his personal assistant, begins to think she might even be an unknown competitor.
More comical complications ensue.
LAST HOLIDAY is the first feel-good, four-star movie of the New Year. It is very funny and heartwarming. Queen Latifah is a laugh riot as Georgia, but she also plays Georgia with a lot of warmth. Georgia is a Christian who belongs to a church with signs outside saying, “Put Christ back into Christmas” and “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Georgia’s terminal disease causes her to wonder what God is trying to do, but it becomes clear in the end that God has been on her side all along. Despite her disappointment and doubt over God allowing her to die so young, Georgia has a compassionate, no-nonsense spirit that cuts through the baloney that Kragen and his party dish out. She infuriates the adulterous Kragen, but the other members of his party find her charming. Thus, viewers will really root for this mostly upstanding character. Adding to the comical jeopardy is Sean learning the truth about Georgia’s terminal diagnosis and deciding to follow Georgia to Europe, even though he is afraid of flying. It becomes clear during the story that he and Georgia were made for each other.
Some of the movie’s content, however, is designed for mature teenagers and adults. For example, LAST HOLIDAY has plenty of foul language, about 20 mostly light obscenities. There are also a couple vulgar sexual innuendoes in the dialogue. The movie also has a message about living life to the fullest, but the message is used in a Romantic sense as well as a mild Christian sense. For example, Georgia decides that she’s been too timid all her life, always waiting for the good times round the bend. When she thinks she is going to die so soon, she throws caution to the wind, until she learns better. Finally, there is a possible reference to reincarnation in one line of dialogue and a comical reference to Buddhism during the credits.
Ultimately, LAST HOLIDAY seems to teach the Christian principle that we shouldn’t hide our light under a bushel. In fact, in the beginning of the movie, Gerogia’s pastor tells her to sing more loudly in the choir because he can barely hear her.
(CC, BB, Ro, FR, Pa, LLL, V, S, N, AA, D, M) Strong Christian worldview with strong moral elements, including a rebuke of adultery, churchgoing Christian woman talks to God, a couple scenes of singing in church, people say Praise the Lord at least once and Thank you, God more than once, God turns out to be benevolently watching over the protagonist all along, and signs by church say, "Put Christ back into Christmas" and "Jesus is the reason" (for the season appears to be blocked out by bushes), mitigated by some Romantic elements about living life to the fullest, but not in the sense of Matthew 6:33, by plenty of mostly light foul language, by some questioning of God's plan for one's life when tragedy strikes, by possible reference to reincarnation, and by a reference to the villain becoming a Buddhist during the credits, done in a comical way; about 20 mostly light obscenities, 11 light profanities and a couple vulgarities; some comical violence such as pratfalls, slapstick comedy involving snowboarding and skiing, woman wearing parachute jumps off very high dam, and drunken man sits on high ledge contemplating suicide but other people comically come to his rescue; no sex scenes, but references to older man's adultery with his young female assistant, minor female character makes a vulgar comment about a man's rear end, fantasy scene of man making eyes at heroine and licking his lips, and woman tells masseuse (in euphemistic but vulgar term) that younger woman's neck pain is probably the result of oral sex with married man; nude statues at hotel, women lie face down on masseuse tables with towels draped over them, flashes of upper male nudity, and female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking; and, woman questions God's plan for her life when tragedy strikes but finds that God has been in her corner all along, spying on people's privacy, conceit, gambling, and bribery.
LAST HOLIDAY is a heartwarming comedy for mature audiences. Though shy, Georgia Byrd is the best salesperson at the local Kragen Department Store chain, whose sales are slumping, despite the Christmas season. One day, while talking to Sean, a handsome sales clerk she secretly likes, Georgia bumps her head and faints. A cat scan reveals Georgia has a rare brain disease, with only four weeks to live. Georgia decides to use all her savings for a final trip to the fancy Swiss hotel where one of her favorite chefs, Chef Didier, cooks. At the hotel, who should she run into but the owner of her chain store, Mr. Kragen, who's trying to woo her Congressman and Senator.
LAST HOLIDAY is the first feel-good, four-star movie of the New Year. It is also very funny. Queen Latifah is a laugh riot as Georgia, but she also has lots of warmth. Best of all, Georgia is a Christian who talks to God often. It becomes clear in the end that, despite her illness and doubt, God has been on her side all along. The movie contains many light obscenities and a couple sexual innuendoes, however.