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Last Holiday 2006

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Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) is a good-natured single woman who works at a department store and leads a quiet life, pretty much suppressing her desires. Some of them are too expensive, like traveling to a fancy resort; others require more courage than Georgia has, like dating the handsome co-worker she is secretly in love with. All these desires are written down in Georgia's scrapbook she calls "Book of Possibilities". Everything changes when Georgia hits her head, gets a cat-scan done, and the scan reveals several tumors. The doctor informs Georgia that she has only about 3 weeks left to live.

With her time suddenly so short, Georgia decides to go for her dreams, if not all of them then at least some. She quits her job, cashes all her savings, sets some money aside for her funeral, and travels to Europe, to the expensive Grandhotel Pupp. Determined to spend all she has, Georgia cares nothing about price tags, buying new clothes, staying at the best suite, having spa treatments, and trying fancy dishes of the famous Chef Didier (Gerard Depardieu). Her generous spending soon draws attention of other guests at the hotel. Even though Georgia is not trying to misrepresent herself, they decide that she is very rich, perhaps even more than themselves; as they accept her in their circle, Georgia's sincere and kind personality wins them over completely - all except one. This one, Mr. Kragen, happens to own the chain of stores where Georgia used to work; he does not know her, of course, as she was a simple clerk, but he gets jealous of all the attention Georgia is getting at the resort.

I like this movie for many reasons. It is clean, funny, and life-affirming. I would think Georgia is not the only one who puts off acting on her dreams, many of us tend to do that, for different reasons. Once in a while we all need this kind of a reminder that life is short, and we'd better start living it - now. The story is quite predictable (have you guessed by now that Georgia is misdiagnosed? If you have, you're right!), but it is funny and touching.