Last Holiday, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

FILM SYNOPSIS: A shy cookware clerk (Queen Latifah), believing her days are numbered, throws caution to the wind and embarks on a dream vacation to Europe. While staying at a grand hotel, she and her uninhibited attitude have a profound and humorous effect on the guests and staff.

Though there is a bit of sexual innuendo, less than in most comedies these days, and a couple of words you probably dont want little ones repeating, this is a very uplifting movie. In a culture that busies itself from dawn till dusk, far too many of us dont take the time to smell the roses. PREVIEW REVIEW: This life-affirming comedy reminds us to do so.

Ms. Latifah, a devout Christian in her personal life, has joined up with another strong Believer get this LL Cool J, to give audiences a movie that celebrates life, honors the individual and references God. The film begins in a gospel-singing church and throughout the film the lead speaks to God, prays over her meals, reads a Bible, and scolds those who dont respect others.

I wish I could say it was a film that contained nothing that someone might find objectionable. Alas, what film made in the past two decades could claim that? Still, the objectionables were few and far between and I felt good when I left the theater. Not only was it apparent that the lead was a churchgoer rare in todays movies but she demonstrated the teachings she obviously learned there. Mix the moral uplift with some very funny comic gags and you have a unique film today, one that entertains while respecting both the audience and the Creator.

Director Wayne Wang (Because of Winn Dixie) keeps the pacing lively and the sentiment real. Pumped by a terrific score and featuring fine support from costars Timothy Hutton, Gerard DePardieu and Alicia Witt, The Last Holiday is a laugh-out-loud retreat.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: moderate (one sexually suggestive remark deals with oral sex. Though it is not overtly graphic and though it does lead to a redemptive message, still many parents will find its inclusion to be unsuitable for children)

Obscene Language: moderate (hell is heard once, the s-word is used twice, damn is uttered twice, a woman calls herself a bitch and pissed off is said once)

Profanity: none, though we do hear 2 oh my gods

Violence: Slapstick physical comedy includes snowboarding down a dangerous hill; one person is slapped)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: there are a couple of comical references, but nothing overtly graphic

Drugs: moderate (there is social drinking throughout; upon hearing she is dying, the main character, who normally doesnt drink, downs nearly a whole bottle of wine)

Other: it is implied that the villain is an adulterer, though he and the woman learn life lessons. Gambling once.

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.