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It's a wonderful life

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Last Christmas is a British Christmas rom-com movie, from Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, and writer Emma Thompson, that was released in theaters on November 8, 2019. It was inspired by the Christmas song of the same name, written and composed by George Michael. It was originally scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019, but pushed forward a week early to the new scheduled date to compete with Roland Emmerich's WW2 drama Midway and Stephen King's Doctor Sleep. It is presented by Universal Pictures International, with Perfect World Pictures and Dentsu, and co-produced by Calamity Films and Feigco Entertainment, developed with the BFI and BBC Films.


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In 1999 Yugoslavia, the Andrich family is having a Christmas service where little Katarina is singing in the choir. Her parents Petra and Ivan, plus Katarina's older sister Maria watch and admire her singing, while Marta is admiring one of the other choir girls.

We flash forward to 2017 London, whern Katarina now goes by Kate. She has become distant from her family, but especially Petra and Marta. She hooks up with a guy at a bar and sleeps at his place. When she uses his shower in the morning, she is greeted by the man's wife, who kicks Kate out onto the street and leaving her to lament about why her life is bad.

Kate works at a Christmas shop as an elf, working for a woman who goes by "Santa", who sees potential in Kate but is annoyed at her constant screw-ups. While at work, Marta visits Kate and forces her to step outside and talk to their mom, even though Kate doesn't want to. Later on, Kate meets a man named Tom Webster. Kate finds him charming, if not a bit odd. Their moment is then ruined by a bird pooping on Kate's face.

Outside of work, Kate tries to crash with her friend Jenna and her husband Rufus, the latter not being too fond of Kate after she accidentally burned his model ship. Kate tries to make an audition for a theater production, but she arrives late and is forced to sing a-capella, and the judges dismiss her.

At the shop, a Danish man enters. He and Santa appear to share a connection, which Kate notices. She later leaves work after accepting an invite to go out with Tom. They go out on the town, which proves to be fun for Kate. She learns that Tom volunteers at a homeless shelter in his spare time. The night ends with them entering an ice skating rink. They have a good time until a security guard kicks them out.

In the morning, Kate goes to the shop to find that it was broken into. Kate realizes she forgot to properly lock up before going out with Tom. Santa already knew this and says she broke a window to make it look like a break-in just for the insurance. She scolds Kate and says she is going to give her another chance even though she shouldn't. To make matters more complicated, Jenna and Rufus kick Kate out after one too many screw-ups.

On another outing with Tom, the two end up going back to his place. Kate tells him about an illness she had in which she required a heart transplant and it made her feel bad about herself, in that she was "half-dead" due to needing help. Kate then asks Tom to kiss her goodnight, which he does. However, when she tries to see him again, Tom tells her that she cannot keep being dependent on him, which just makes her upset.

Kate joins her family for dinner. Marta makes things tense by suggesting that Kate always acts helpless after the illness, while Kate outs Marta by saying that she has a girlfriend named Alba. Petra and Ivan are also called out for, respectively, being smothering and also barely being home since Ivan works as a cab driver, but Kate thinks he takes the hours that he does to get away from his family.

Kate goes to the homeless shelter to look for Tom. One of the men working there doesn't appear to know who Kate is talking about. She ends up getting roped into volunteering and helping out, and later even sets up a bucket outside while dressed as an elf to sing Christmas carols.

Kate starts to try and do right by other people, starting with her family. She apologizes to Marta and finally meets Alba, albeit under tense circumstances. Marta forgives her sister. Later on the bus, Kate sees a Yugoslavian couple get harassed by a racist guy. Kate sits by them and speaks to them in their native tongue, telling them that they are welcome there, and she introduces herself as Katarina. She even does better at work and bonds with Santa, who tells her that she only uses that nickname for whatever job she has, as nobody else is going to know how to pronounce her name. Additionally, she tells Kate that she is seeing the Danish man, but since she can't pronounce his name either, she simply refers to him as "Boy".

Kate later goes by Tom's apartment to visit him. She meets a Realtor who is putting the place up on the market. Kate thinks Tom is selling the place, but the Realtor informs her that the previous owner has been dead for months. He mentions that his name was "Webster," and that he passed away a year ago. We see a flashback in which Tom rode his bike through the streets and was hit by a truck. As he was a donor, his heart was transplanted to Kate. In other words, LAST CHRISTMAS, Tom gave Kate his heart. Kate is devastated and sits by the bench that she frequented with Tom, which turns out to be a memorial for him. Tom's spirit visits Kate one last time to give her reassurance that she will be fine.

Sometime later, Kate has helped put on a Christmas show with the help of the patrons of the homeless shelter. She wears a festive dress as her family comes to see her, and they all perform "Last Christmas."


The original score was composed by Theodore Shapiro and conducted/orchestrated by Mark Graham. The film includes the unreleased music of the late musician George Michael of Wham!

Title(s) Performed by
  • "Heal the Pain"
  • "Too Funky"
  • "Fantasy"
  • "Move On"
  • "Fastlove (Part 1)"
  • "Praying for Time"
  • "Waiting for That Day"
  • "Faith"
  • "One More Try"
  • "Freedom! '90"
  • "Praying for Time (Live)" from MTV Unplugged
  • "This is How (We Want You to Get High)"
George Michael
"Last Christmas"
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Denver & The Mile High Orchestra
"Sleigh Ride" Empty Houses
"She Drives Me Crazy" Fine Young Cannibals
Ray Conniff Singers
"My Favorite Things"
"Jingle Bell Rock" Bobby Helms
Brahms' "Lullaby"
  • "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
  • "Everything She Wants"
"Joy to the World"
"Spavaj Dijete, Spavaj"
"Last Christmas (Twister Techno Remix [Edit])" X-Mas Allstars feat. Fab
"A Holly Jolly Christmas"
"White Christmas" Rosemary Clooney
"Sinoc nisi bila tu" Zdravko Colic
"Jingle Bells"
"Deck The Halls"
"Donald, Where's Your Troosers?"
"Blue Christmas"
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
"Land of Hope and Glory"
"When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Brenda Lee
"Zvoncici" Krunoslav 'Kico' Slabinac
"Dobar Vecer, Japica"


Actor(es)/actress(es) Character(s)
Madison Ingoldsby Kate (young)
Emma Thompson Petra
Boris Isakovic Ivan
Lucy Miller Marta (young)
Emilia Clarke Kate
Maxim Baldry Ed
Margaret Clunie Shower Sarah
John-Luke Roberts Klaus (German Clown)
Michelle Yeoh Santa
Bilal Zafar Oscar
Patti LuPone Joyce
Lydia Leonard Marta
Henry Golding Tom
Michael Addo Fit Looking Guy
Peter Mygind The Dane (a.k.a. 'Boy')
Rob Delaney Theater Director
Peter Serafinowicz Theater Producer
Sara Powell Casting Director
Ranjit Singh Shubh Bus Driver
Ritu Arya Jenna
Ansu Kabia Rufus
Fabien Frankel Fabien
Laura Evelyn Police Woman Churchill
Ingrid Oliver Police Woman Crowley
Rebecca Root Dr. Addis
Angus Brown Ice Rink Security Guard
Kemi Durosinmi
Yinka Awoni
Nigerian Tourists
Angela Wynter Ice Show Casting Director
Sue Perkins Ice Show Director
Ben Owen-Jones Danny
David Hargreaves Arthur
Joe Blakemore Army 'Tom'
Calvin Demba Nathan
Leon Delroy Williams Traffic Cone Man
Anna Calder-Marshall Dora
Jassie Mortimer Croatian Woman
Michael Matovski Croatian Man
Jake Lampart Angry Man on Bus
Jade Anouka Alba
David Mumeni Guy in Pub
Laila Alj Moroccan Vendor's Wife
Liran Nathan Moroccan Vendor
Amit Shah Andy
Rodrig Andrisan
Pierre Bergman
Richard Curtis
George Glasgow
John Heartstone
Ruth Horrocks
Nina Kumar
Prince Marfo
Davina Sitaram
Sanj Surati
Michael Yates
Christmas Shoppers
Claire Ashton
Maria Barr
Pub Goers
Kimberly Collison Christmas Shopper
Rene Costa Geoff Mafia Boss
David Cradduck Partygoer
Audience Member
Mark Gooden Store Shopper
Kelvin Hewlett Passerby
Van Hu Ice Show Producer
Joelle Koissi Christmas Shopper in Bicycle
Adnan Kundi Tourist
Ning Lu Chinese Tour Guide
Daniel Maya
Bharat Mistri
Andrew Rodgeley
Audience Members
Martyn Mayger Homeless Man
Washboard Player
Nichola Jean Mazur Nurse Jane
Zara McDowell Tourist
Jacqueline Ramnarine Homeless Person
Kai Justine Roberts Choir Leader
Mario Romano Christmas Market Vendor
Susanne Schraps Casting Director
Davina Sitaram Christmas Shopper
Robert Soar Homeless Man
Peter Stanford Homeless Mr. Morgan
Karol Steele Christmas Partygoer
Concert Singer
Michael van Koetsveld Christmas Shopper
Joanna Zwierzynska Pregnant Woman


  • This was the second Christmas feature for director Paul Feig for almost 13 years since Unaccompanied Minors.




External links

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Movies Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe Munsters' Scary Little ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)Love ActuallyThe HolidayKrampusAlmost ChristmasThe Grinch (2018)Last ChristmasBlack Christmas (2019)
Direct-to-video films The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausBarbie in a Christmas CarolA Very Monkey ChristmasBarbie: A Perfect ChristmasBeethoven's Christmas AdventureAll I Want for Christmas is YouMy Adventures with Santa
Live-action television episodes "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas…" • "Christmas Presence" • "Home for the Holidays" • "Yule Laff" • "Christmas Brains" • "Seoul Mates" • "A Christmas Secret" • "Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" • "A Benihana Christmas" • "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" • "Moroccan Christmas" • "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" • "Ludachristmas" • "Christmas Special" • "Secret Santa (30 Rock) • "Christmas Attack Zone" • "Secret Santa" (The Office) • "Classy Christmas" • "Christmas Wishes" • "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
Animated specials and episodes "Dickens of a Christmas" • A Wish For Wings That Work • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits" • "Fright Before Christmas" • "A Very Woody Christmas" • "It's a Chilly Christmas After All" • "Yule Get Yours" • "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" • How Murray Saved Christmas • "ChristMess Eve"
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