WARNING! I am going to be spoiling the movies Last Christmas and Just Wright. But, on the other hand, not really spoiling them because they are delightfully predictable and pleasant as all rom-coms should be. It’s about the journey, not the destination.
Latifah is a kind hardworking woman who never does anything for herself. She lives alone in her family home now that her Mom is dead, she loves to cook but she always makes elaborate meals and then gives them to the neighbor while she eats sad diet food. And there is a guy at work who she likes and who is really nice to her, but she is too shy to take another step. And then she gets a call from her doctor saying she only has months to live.
Adventure Time! Latifah breaks her savings account and takes all the money to pay for a trip to a remote luxury hotel so she can enjoy the famous Christmas dinner served by her favorite celebrity chef. Everyone at the hotel things she is some mysterious millionaire, the staff loves her because she is so nice to them, and meanwhile back home the guy she likes finds out she is dying and HE LIKES HER BACK!!!! So he quits his job and follows her to the luxury hotel so he can confess his love before it is too late. And then, of course, it turns out that the doctor made a mistake and she WILL live, and she and the guy she likes go home and start a restaurant.
SUCH a great movie, right? I say, we recast with Vidya and some really cute dude. Ali Fazal maybe? And the famous chef/mentor can be Boman Irani maybe? NO! Naseeruddin Shah!!! We can set the whole thing at a heritage hotel that is in danger of being sold, but Vidya changes the evil rich owner until he understands the value of the people who work there and decides not to sell. Who should the evil rich owner be? OH! That can be Boman Irani!
Thank you Filmikudhi for reminding me of this movie! SO CUTE!!! And just begging for a remake.
Our heroine Latifah is a quiet kind physical therapist whose best friend since childhood is this stunningly beautiful woman. Our heroine had a loving family and stuff and her friend never had that security, so she doesn’t resent her or anything, but their dynamic is that she is beautiful and gets what she wants and our heroine is just quietly loving.
Latifah bumps into a star basketball player at a gas station and wows him with her knowledge of basketball. He likes her and invites her to his birthday party, she brings her beautiful friend along, and of course the friend goes after the basketball player HARD. After a whirlwind romance, the get engaged. But then he gets injured on the court. The beautiful friend hires Latifah to be his physical therapist, because she is so jealous and only trusts Latifah. But he is depressed and refuses to work on therapy, and finally the friend leaves him. Latifah offers to stay and keep working with him if he gets serious about it. She cures him, and also they fall in love. And then the friend comes back. She is sincere now, explains that she has been in therapy, worked through her issues, wants to start fresh, and really loves him. Latifah sadly leaves.
BIG ENDING. The basketball player gives a TV interview crediting Latifah for his miracle comeback. She is now being headhunted by sports teams. At the same time, her friend sees the interview and realizes the basketball player is in love with Latifah. She turns into a good friend and breaks the engagement and tells him to go after Latifah. Big dramatic declaration of love!!!! A year later, friends are united, Latifah and basketball player are married.
I am VERY EXCITED about this remake. Gotta be cricket, obviously. And I know everyone is too old, but I want this to be a Shahrukh-Rani-Kareena movie. Right???? Kareena is all pretty and a model and dreaming of being a rich wife. Rani is all supportive and hardworking. And then stuff happens and Latifah and Shahrukh find love and Kareena finds real friendship and meaning.