Last Holiday, a 2006 remake of an obscure 1950 British dark comedy stars Latifah as Georgia, a quiet, hardworking woman toiling in the kitchen section of a department store, all while dreaming of being a gourmet chef and pining after her sweet coworker, Sean (LL Cool J). After a doctor gives her a damning diagnosis (don’t worry-in movies like this, it’s never as bad as it seems), she takes her life savings and goes on a secret vacation to a deluxe hotel in the Czech Republic, where she quickly becomes besties with a world-renowned French chef (Gérard Depardieu), who is taken with her love and knowledge of food. As the guests and staff try to figure out the beguiling mystery woman, Sean sets out on his own journey to find her.
The main reason I find Last Holiday so charming, despite its corny concept and broad humor, is because I get to see good things happen to a good person. My heart swells each time Latifah appears in a stunning gown, draped in jewels, her hair impeccably coiffed. When she first enters the hotel’s restaurant and orders every dish off the menu, I want to scream, “Yes, girl! Live your life! Eat all the buttery goodness!” And as expected, all her dreams come true in the end. And honestly, in these dark times, it’s comforting to see a good person win for once.