SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS SOMEBODY… AND SHE WAS.
Department store salesclerk Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) finds out that a brain tumor will end her life in three months; she quits her job and goes to Karlovy Vary to spend her life savings at a luxurious hotel. The 1950 original benefited from Alec Guinness’s performance and this remake has Latifah who works her magic to great success. She’s splendid as the goodhearted woman who charms the sophisticated crowd at the hotel. Nice Czech and Austrian locations is a plus, and so is Gérard Depardieu, but one problem is predictability… and Timothy Hutton’s character is too one-sided.
2006-U.S. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Queen Latifah (Georgia Byrd), LL Cool J (Sean Williams), Timothy Hutton (Matthew Kragen), Giancarlo Esposito, Alicia Witt, Gérard Depardieu… Emeril Lagasse, Smokey Robinson.