Last Holiday (2006)

Posted by The Satire Wire

See now, that's why you go to movies. A tale of hope revamping the "carpe diem" theme originally set in Dead Poet's Society. “Life is short, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” (Ferris Bueller). Queen Latifa takes Ferris’ advice in this comedy, but out of necessity, not triumph. She's been given three weeks to live. The theme: live each day like it's your last.

Queen Latifa has this down-to-earth persona that really carries the movie from its beginning with her working as a sales associate in a dept. store. Seeing her naturally assume the role of the underdog made me want to cast out every stupid J. Lo movie ever made with her as the suppressed Cinderella who would before long find her prince and shine. The difference? J. Lo's a diva and a brat and her humble-beginnings roles come off as self serving and self indulgent. She'd like to come off like Queen Latifa, but to carry these types of roles it has to come from the heart.

Some people really do appreciate life and everything it has to offer, others just want more. Or as the Antagonist in Last Holiday says "more is never enough." B+


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