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Film / Last Holiday

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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: Live life to the full and don't wait until you've got a time limit.
  • 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.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The hotel guests.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: After Kragen chickens out of base jumping with Georgia the staff is seen having a laugh over the fact that the laundry attendant confirmed that he did this
  • The Cameo: Emeril Lagasse.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For Happiness
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Georgia might seem naïve 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.
  • 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 humilate 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
  • 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.
  • Iron Lady: Miss Gunther
  • Jerkass: Matthew Kragen, who looks for any opportunity to compete with Georgia. Mr. Adamian, Georgia’s boss, also qualifies.
  • Laser-Guided Karma
  • The Last Title: The title.
  • 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.
  • 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 somewhat justified as she was blowing her retirement savings and other funds without regard to how she would be living afterwards, as she was expecting to die anyhow... 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.
  • 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.
  • Silent Bob: Martha, who communicates mainly through expressions and has only a single word of dialogue: "Asshole."
  • Snowed-In: The reason why Georgia can’t leave the hotel after deciding she wants to die at home.
  • Supreme Chef: Georgia’s 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.


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