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Film / Last Holiday

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A 2006 Gender Flipped (and Race Lifted) remake of the 1950 J. B. Priestley film, directed by Wayne Wang.

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: Live life to the fullest and don't wait until you've got a time limit.
  • Angry Chef: Subverted by Chef Didier. He's introduced yelling at his staff, but he's actually complaining to no one in particular about his frustrations over customers who ask for alterations, which sucks the joy out of his job. He's actually friendly when he turns his attention to the work at hand and his mood brightens even further when he receives Georgia's order and sees that she wants to try his entire menu as he conceived it. Later, he gets angry because he's shortstaffed and overworked but, again, his mood brightens when Georgia volunteers to help out.
  • 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 spa management school.
  • Comically Small Bribe: When Georgia's Pointy-Haired Boss at her retail job hears her decide to Take This Job and Shove It (because amongst other things, he never made her know that she was the best saleswoman on the store, to prevent her from asking for a raise or a promotion), he tries to buy her back by offering a raise... of $1.50 an hour. What makes it worse? He started out at 25 cents...and only raised said bribe 25 cents more each time.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Averted. Georgia was misdiagnosed and gets her happy ending. Unlike George in the original 1950 version, who also finds he was misdiagnosed and is looking forward to a better life… but is then promptly killed in a car accident.
  • Double Aesop: Even more than a double, nearly every single character learns a lesson about appreciating life by the end of the film.
  • The End Is Nigh: Georgia is told she only has a few weeks left to live, so she lives it up.
  • Everyone Can See It: It is blatantly obvious to everyone that Ms. Burns is more to Kragen than just his secretary.
  • Food Porn : The heroine wants to be a chef. In the first part of the film, she's seen cooking delectable meals, and then when she goes to the Czech Republic, the food is amazing.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Georgia might seem naive, but she is a very good saleswoman and gives some solid advice to other characters. Despite all of Kragen’s attempts to humiliate her, Georgia is usually one step ahead of him, half the time without even meaning to be.
  • 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.
    • Ms. Burns. Once Georgia bluntly tells her that Kragen is never going to leave his wife for her, she steadily lightens up until Kragen attempts to humiliate Georgia, at which point she dumps him and promises to help his wife take everything in the divorce.
  • Hopeless Suitor: It is implied that the senator has feelings for Georgia, but she's put off by his lack of integrity and in love with someone else.
  • I Will Find You: Sean spends most of the movie hunting down Georgia after she abruptly quits/vanishes.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Chef Didier’s 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 because absolutely no one believes he will really do it.
  • Jerkass: Matthew Kragen, who looks for any opportunity to compete with Georgia.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Miss Gunther is revealed to be this. At first coming across as unfriendly and cold, but once she learns Georgia is dying, she makes an effort to be kind to her. Her earlier behaviour is implied to be the result of years spent waiting on selfish and entitled guests leaving her with a mild case of misanthropy.
  • Last Day to Live: Georgia believes she is dying, so she resolves to do everything she's ever dreamed of, or as much of it as she can, in the time remaining. This includes ordering every dish of the day simply to try it and spending all her money on luxuries because she can't take it with her.
  • Like You Were Dying: Georgia travels to Europe and tries dozens of new things because of this trope.
  • Look Both Ways: Mr. Adamian is always talking on his phone, interrupting conversations in person just to take a call. The ending text reveals that he was hit by a bus whilst talking on his phone and not paying attention.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Kragen's cutthroat business strategy is actually quite terrible for business. Despite Mr. Adamian knowing that Georgia is his best saleswoman, he treats her very disrespectfully and offers her incredibly paltry rewards, which drive Georgia to quit once she finds out she's dying and has no reason to put up with his bullshit anymore. Kragen's guests and Mrs. Burns also ditch him once they find out much of an ass he is.
  • 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. Georgia flat out tells her she is a fool to believe that will actually happen.
  • 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. It does get justified since her surgery bill was apparently more than she could afford without any coverage note , and she figured she wouldn't need it anymore...and then she also won big in the casino, which undoubtedly replenished her funds, and then some.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Georgia wins a lot of the hotel staff over by being nice to them. Having been a retail worker she empathizes with them. Kragen, meanwhile, has a waiter fired for accidentally spilling a single drop of wine on his hand.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Georgia goes from boring and regular retail outfits (especially since she's timid), and then shows up at the hotel in the famous red dress on the cover.
  • Silent Bob: Martha, who communicates mainly through expressions and has only a single word of dialogue: "Asshole."
  • Sleazy Politician: Senator Dillings isn't a bad guy per se, but he spends more time courting wealthy donors than with helping his poorer constituents back home.
  • 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.