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Film: Last Holiday

A 2006 Gender Flipped (and Race Lifted) remake of the 1950 film.

Quiet department store employee Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) receives a devastating diagnosis after a bump on the head sends her to the doctor. Deciding to take charge, Georgia spends her life savings on a dream vacation in the Czech Republic at the luxurious Grandhotel Pupp. While taking in all the wonders her trip has to offer, Georgia starts to spread her new-found zest for life to the colorful high-profile guests.


Last Holiday provides examples of:

  • An Aesop
  • Back to School: Ms. Burns would lose her job and have to go back to college if she left Kragen. She does eventually leave him and go to law school.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The hotel guests.
  • The Cameo: Emeril Lagasse.
  • Do Not Go Gentle
  • Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: Subverted. For the title being Last Holiday, the setting near Christmas, and Georgia praying frequently, there is surprisingly little reference to Christmas.
  • Double Aesop: Even more than a double, nearly every single character learns a lesson about appreciating life by the end of the film.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kragen.
    "This guy can't take rejections well."
  • The End Is Nigh: Georgia is told she only has a few weeks left to live.
  • For Happiness
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Georgia might seem naÔve but she is a very good saleswoman and gives some solid advice to other characters. Despite all of Kragenís attempts to humiliate her, Georgia is usually one step ahead of him.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Miss Gunther. Kragen hires her to spy on Georgia but she befriends Georgia and refuses to give him any information after finding out Georgia is dying.
  • Hopeless Suitor: It is implied that the senator has feelings for Georgia, but she's put off by his lack of integrity.
  • I Will Find You
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Chef Didierís gourmet meals look incredibly appetizing.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Georgia talks Kragen out of jumping off the ledge of the hotel. The whole scene is Played for Laughs.
  • Iron Lady: Miss Gunther
  • Jerk Ass: Matthew Kragen, who looks for any opportunity to compete with Georgia. Mr. Adamian, Georgiaís boss, also qualifies.
  • Laser-Guided Karma
  • Like You Were Dying: Georgia travels to Europe and tries dozens of new things because of this trope.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Georgia was given the wrong diagnosis because of a faulty machine. She was never actually dying.
  • The Mistress: Ms. Burns to Kragen. She is ridiculed and scorned for it at work but holds out hope Kragen will leave his wife for her.
  • Money to Throw Away: Georgia, while supposedly not having enough money to afford an operation, stays in a lavish hotel suite for $4,000 per night. Not to mention she pays for a first class flight, a helicopter ride, a full spa treatment, a new high-fashion wardrobe, and more.
    • If this troper is not mistaken, the operation would have been a great deal more than she could afford, even after she cashes in the savings bonds or whatever it was.
  • Onion Tears: Chef Didier discovers Georgia is dying and uses the fact that he is chopping onions as an excuse for crying.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Georgia lives the high life in Europe despite not being as wealthy as the other guests.
  • Princess for a Day: Longer than a day, but it still fits.
  • Sassy Black Woman: At first Inverted, then played straight. Georgia Byrd is shy and timid, and it's her petite friend, Rochelle, that is constantly trying to push her out of her shell with antics like yelling her crush's name across the department store. Once Georgia's Character Development kicks in, though, this trope is in full swing.
  • Snowed-In: The reason why Georgia canít leave the hotel after deciding she wants to die at home.
  • Supreme Chef: Georgiaís idol Chef Didier. Georgia herself by the end of the film.
  • Through His Stomach: Georgia impresses Sean with her cooking skills.
  • Uranus Is Showing: The fact that the name of the hotel is pronounced "Poop" gives Georgia a laugh.
  • What Could Have Been: When Paramount bought the rights to remake the film in the 1980's, it was to have been a straight remake with John Candy in the lead. However, Development Hell and Candy's passing led to many changes before it was finally made.
  • Where Are They Now


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alternative title(s): Last Holiday
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