The Perfect Holiday (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok.

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Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, and Terrence Howard star in a film concerning a young girl who implores a department-store Santa to find a new husband for her divorced mother for Christmas. Single mother of three Nancy (Union) has been putting the needs of her three children ahead of her own for as far back as she can remember, and lately her youngest daughter, Emily (Khail Bryant), has become acutely aware of her mother's palpable sadness. As Christmas draws near, Nancy takes her kids to the mall for a cheerful visit with jolly old Saint Nick. When it comes time for Emily's turn to sit on Santa's lap and make her Christmas wish, she selflessly remembers her mother's recent comment that a compliment from a man would be the best gift of all. Determined to make her mother happy again even if it means sacrificing her own wish, Emily relays the message to Santa (Chestnut), not realizing that the man beneath the beard is actually an office-supply salesman and ambitious singer/songwriter named Benjamin. Recognizing the daughter's love for her mother and sensing something truly special in Nancy, Benjamin cheerfully obliges the young girl, setting into motion a series of events that promise to make this the most memorable holiday in quite some time. Lance Rivera directs a film produced by Shakim Compere and Latifah through Flavor Unit Entertainment.
PG-13 (for brief language and some suggestive humor)
Kids & Family , Romance
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Morris Chestnut
as Benjamin
Terrence Howard
as Bah-Humbug
Queen Latifah
as Mrs. Christmas, Narrator
Faizon Love
as Jamal
Charlie Murphy
as J-Jizzy
Katt Williams
as Delicious
Rachel True
as Brenda
Malik Hammond
as John-John
Pedro Kim
as Clerk
David Anzuelo
as Maintenance Man
Frank Bonsangue
as Police Sergeant
John Bryant
as Rottweiler
Paul Woodburn
as Driver
Amber Joy Williams
as Five-Year-Old in Line
Ira Hawkins
as Judge
Conor Carroll
as Kid on Jamal's Lap
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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (25)

I'd rather watch 90 minutes of a flickering yule log video than sit through this overcooked Christmas goose again.

December 17, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

[A] wretched yuletide comedy.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If tickets to this yuletide dreck are hiding in your stocking, you'd be better off with a lump of coal.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.

December 12, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Despite the flabby direction and uninspired plot, The Perfect Holiday almost works because Chestnut and Union are an attractive couple and you want them to get together.

Full Review… | December 12, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard] may be a draw, but it's too bad no one thought the endearing performances in this charming (if cliché) family romance would be enough.

Full Review… | December 12, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Holiday

I expected Queen Latifah to be all over this movie not just tiny tiny appearances. It was okay. Not in my expectation though.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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I found this a cookie-cutter type of movie. Lonely mom with three kids finds a perfect guy who has to work through various obstacles to find his way to true love, dah-da dah-da. I gave it a half-star bonus for the fact that the movie does work with the actors, but deducted a half-star for Queen Latifah and Terrance Howard's redundant roles in it.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The chemistry between Morris Chestnut & Gabrielle Union in this light hearted romantic comedy does wonders to the soul of the Christmas spirit. See it!

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