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  • Second collaboration between Director Paul Feig and Henry Golding after A Simple Favor (2018).
  • In addition to the title being based on the George Michael written song "Wham!: Last Christmas (1984)", songs by George Michael were used in this movie, including the unreleased "This Is How (We Want You To Get High)", on which he worked in 2016.
  • Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh were in Crazy Rich Asians (2018).
  • This is Paul Feig's second movie shot in Univisium 2:1 after A Simple Favor (2018), which also featured Henry Golding.
  • Emilia Clarke's second romantic movie. Her first being Me Before You (2016).
  • George Michael worked at a homeless shelter, although anonymously.
  • Wham! donated all of the royalties of the original song, Wham!: Last Christmas (1984), to Ethiopian famine relief.
  • A tie-in book is released with the movie's release, written by Dame Emma Thompson and husband Greg Wise, with essays regarding the meaning of Christmas: "Last Christmas: Memories of Christmases past - and hopes for future ones". The book featured contributions by Andy Serkis, Caitlin Moran, Olivia Colman, and Emily Watson.
  • Throughout the years, the song, "Last Christmas", has been covered by Carly Rae Jepsen, Eliza Doolittle, Ariana Grande, Good Charlotte, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, and Taylor Swift, in official studio recordings.
  • As of 2018, the song "Last Christmas" still remains a popular holiday classic. On December 24, 2018, it generated seven million streams on Spotify, claiming the most streams in a single day for a song released in the 1980s. The same year, the official video generated sixty-five million views on YouTube throughout December.
  • Wham!: Last Christmas (1984) was recorded in August 1984. The first trailer for this movie premiered in August 2019.
  • Actress, Writer, and Producer Dame Emma Thompson started working on the script in 2010.
  • Director Paul Feig was originally not interested in doing another holiday comedy, after his previous entry, Unaccompanied Minors (2006), was a critical and commercial failure. However, after reading the script, personally sent to him by Dame Emma Thompson, he was convinced.
  • During Ingrid Oliver's audition, she was not asked to read from the script, but to improvise with Actress, Writer, and Producer Dame Emma Thompson in front of Director Paul Feig. She described the experience as "mental" as she is a huge fan of Thompson and Feig.
  • Dame Emma Thompson's first holiday-themed movie since Love Actually (2003), also a comedy set in London, and released by Universal Pictures.
  • Emilia Clarke did her own singing in this movie.
  • Second Christmas-themed movie for Actress, Writer, and Producer Dame Emma Thompson. The first being Love Actually (2003).
  • Filmed on-location in London. In order to avoid crowds interrupting filming, many scenes started filming around 2 a.m.
  • (Cameo) Andrew Ridgeley: The Wham! member is seen amongst the crowd during the Christmas show.
  • This movie mirrors a highly acclaimed Nordic gay-friendly twenty minute short Cognitio (2018), featuring Lasse Steen Jensen.
  • During the scene where Kate's father is driving her home in his cab, Emilia Clarke's dragon tattoos can be briefly seen on her wrist. Emilia got the tattoos during the final season of Game of Thrones (2011) as an homage to her character.
  • When the store owner is showing tacky Christmas items to the man to whom she is attracted, she grabs one of three orange ceramic monkeys and either intentionally or by mistake refers to it as a "Christmas Gibbon". In fact, they are called "Yule Gibbons", a pun upon the name of the natural food activist Euell Gibbons.
  • Dora was played by Anna Calder-Marshall who appeared in Wuthering Heights (1970) as Cathy with Timothy Dalton.
  • Kate mentions auditioning for Frozen on Ice based on the movie Frozen (2013). Coincidentally enough, Frozen II (2019) came out a week after this movie.
  • Crazy credits: After the traditional credits, the vintage Universal Studios logo with "The Entertainment Center of the World" and image, "When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios" with a tourist trolley on a movie set. Also seen at the end of Galactica 1980 (1980), The Last Starfighter (1984), and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). The latter added "When in Hollywood ask for Babs", who is a character in the movie.
  • This movie was number one at the U.K. box-office during its opening weekend.
  • This movie marks the first writing collaboration of spouses Dame Emma Thompson and Greg Wise, a process that was eight years in the making.
  • Peter Mygind (Tall Dane) filmed his on-screen with his wife reading Michelle Yeoh's lines and his son filming the scene.
  • This movie used sustainability strategies to reduce its carbon emissions and environmental impact.

Spoilers

  • The movie is about a woman finding love during Christmas while dealing with a heart condition set to music by George Michael. George Michael died of a heart attack on Christmas Day in 2016.
  • Kate's sickness over her heart condition in this movie eerily (and perhaps intentionally) mirrors Emilia Clarke's own brush with death. During the early seasons of Game of Thrones (2011) in 2011 and 2013, she was struck by two separate brain aneurysms that nearly killed her.
  • Throughout the movie only Kate (Emilia Clarke) interacts with Tom (Henry Golding) because she is the only one that can see him. His reflection can also not be seen throughout the movie (the side of the bus, shop windows). Tom and his coat are also not seen by the two workmen. When she is getting changed in the street, and he is supposed to be hiding her modesty. She comments that he is not doing a good job, and the audience later understands why.
  • The trailers for this movie were strongly criticized for explicitly hinting at the twist ending (that Tom was a ghost the entire time), leading to most viewers and critics guessing the entire plot three months before seeing the movie.
  • This movie almost mirrors Return to Me (2000) , where a young woman receives a heart transplant which belonged to the deceased wife of the man she falls for, as his wife died in a car accident a year prior. In this movie, Kate gets a heart transplant, but it belongs to the man she starts to fall in love with. Little does she know that he appears as a ghost the whole time.
  • Loosely resembles A Christmas Carol as Kate is like Scrooge starts off selfish and meets a ghost who brings out the best in her not knowing that it was a ghost.
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