What would you do if you were told you had three weeks left to live? If you're Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), luckily you have a Cliff's Notes to help you answer this question—the Book of Possibilities you've been cutting and pasting your dreams into for the past several years. There are pictures of the lavish meals you've cooked with Emeril's televised instructions before serving them to your neighbor boy and digging into your much healthier Lean Cuisines. There are doctored-up photos of your secret work crush, Shawn (LL Cool J), and you in wedding garb driving off in a snazzy convertible. And magazine clippings from an amazing resort in England—which your job in the housewares department of the local department store could never afford you a chance to visit.
So when Georgia is diagnosed with a brain tumor and given three weeks to live, she leafs through her Possibilities and decides to liquidate the bonds and IRAs her mom left her and head to real-life Grandhotel Pupp, home of Chef Didier (Gerard Depardieu), her hero. There, she's determined to try everything—the impressive and not-in-the-least health-conscious cuisine Chef Didier dishes up each night, snowboarding, base jumping, fou-fou spa treatments, haute couture gowns, gambling. Amazingly, she tackles each new adventure with both endearing wide-eyed awe and lightning-fast proficiency.
Another amazing coincidence is the presence of a few of Georgia's fellow guests at the five-start European resort—the senator (Giancarlo Esposito) who was supposed to visit her church the previous Sunday but who was reportedly too busy with important work in Washington; Matthew Kragen (Timothy Hutton), the business mogul and cheeseball author of Young, Hip and Rich, ...1