LL Cool J
The funny thing is that LAST HOLIDAY is not a bad movie. Sure it has its problems, but overall it’s actually an uplifting film that utilizes the strengths of its star very well. With a holiday release, this could have been more successful than it was.
That’s not to say this is a great movie. However, it could have been a truly touching and inspirational film with a few tweaks. First, eliminate LL Cool J from the movie all together. He only makes movies worse and him and his character distracted from the point. Second, remove all instances of a forced laugh. Too many times the director and screenwriters inserted a joke where there didn’t need to be one. Third, make it more dramatic. A lady is facing her death and positively affecting the lives of everyone around her. That’s not funny. Finally, remove the lame, Hollywood ending. It’s not needed for a film like this.
With those few tweaks…Ok…major changes, this would’ve been a really good film. As it is, it’s decent. One of the things it does accomplish is reminding us that Timothy Hutton and Gerard Depardieu are still alive. I for one, was not sure.
Last Holiday: Last Look (7:45): This is like a costume and setting featurette. It’s normal, but if you’re not in that area of the business, I doubt you’ll care about it.
Last Holiday: 23 Years in the Making (7:13): Yes, this film took 23 years to go from initial draft to final product. It was a retelling of a 1950 film by the same name and starring Obi-Wan Kenobi, but 23 years is still a long time. I’m not sure why they couldn’t have churned out a better script in that time. This featurette has the writers and producers talking about some of the obstacles. Basically, as soon as the Queen said yes, it got made. Overall a decent featurette.
Deleted Scenes (2:22): These were two quick scenes that could’ve been put back into the film without losing anything. If anything, I felt they would’ve helped the story. Even though, the scenes seemed incomplete, as if they went on longer and we didn’t get the whole scene/
There are also some Recipes and some Previews.