The Perfect Holiday

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Released 2007

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Director:
Lance Rivera
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG
The Perfect Holiday is a beloved 2007 fantastical family comedy featuring an all star cast of top African American talent, directed and co-written by Lance Rivera (The Cookout). Gabrielle Union plays Nancy, a newly divorced woman whose daughter overhears her conversation about what she wants from a man: a compliment. The daughter visits a mall Santa (played by Morris Chestnut) named Benjamin and wishes that her mom get a compliment by her man. Benjamin gives Nancy a compliment and soon they begin to date. Problems arise when Nancy's naive son, John John gets annoyed by Benjamin because the little tyke misses his arrogant and thoughtless wannabe-rapper father J-Jizzy (played by Charlie Murphy) who would rather be large than be with his family. Then things get even more complicated for the relationship between Nancy and Benjamin when J-Jizzy asks for Benjamin, who also sings, to record with him. Queen Latifah plays Mrs. Christmas, an angel who is also the narrator of the movie.moreless

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There's not much original about the film, but it's played with high spirits and good cheer, there are lots of musical interludes, and it's pitched straight at families.

  • 40

    Variety

    Neither perfect nor much of a holiday, more like a fruitcake passed around from arthritic aunt to demented uncle -- stale, predictable and made with fossilized ingredients.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Watching the movie is like reaching into a Christmas stocking and pulling out handfuls of cheap plastic toys that are broken.

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    Love & Romance, Family Dramas, African-American Comedy, christmas