The Perfect Holiday


The Perfect Holiday

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 57


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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.

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Terrence Howard
as Bah-Humbug
Queen Latifah
as Mrs. Christmas, Narrator
Katt Williams
as Delicious
Malik Hammond
as John-John
Pedro Kim
as Clerk
David Anzuelo
as Maintenance Man
Frank Bonsangue
as Police Sergeant
John Bryant
as Rottweiler
as Father in Line
Amber Joy Williams
as Five-Year-Old in Line
Conor Carroll
as Kid on Jamal's Lap
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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (25)

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Holiday

  • May 02, 2011
    I expected Queen Latifah to be all over this movie not just tiny tiny appearances. It was okay. Not in my expectation though.
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2010
    The Perfect Holiday has heart and Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union do they best they can. It is always refreshing to see a clean movie filled with romance and humor but it's a tad too bland and average.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2009
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2008
    Just an ordinary Christmas drama and comedy that deals with family affairs, in particular how it affects the kids. There was some relatively good acting, but overall it's just a little X-mas movie that should be watched during X-mas time because it has some really silly laughs.
    Matthew A Super Reviewer

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