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Source: Catholic News Service

Touching if improbable tale of dowdy spinster (Queen Latifah), who upon learning she has only a few weeks to live takes her life savings and goes to Europe where she gets a makeover and learns to live life more fully, changing the lives of a corrupt businessman (Timothy Hutton) and less-than-altruistic politicians. Wayne Wang's remake of a 1950 Alec Guinness movie which had a script by august English writer J.B. Priestley is marred by some silly slapstick, but mostly, though predictable and contrived, it's a feel-good film with the marvelously empathetic Latifah and a positive message about recognizing life's possibilities and having the courage to follow through on them. A few instances of crude language, some frank sexual talk and innuendo, and an adulterous situation in an otherwise admirably wholesome film. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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