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  • Summary: An African American take on the classic and beloved Christmas family film, The Perfect Holiday tells the story of Nancy, a divorced mother of three who is so busy raising her children that she’s forgotten to take care of herself as well. With Christmas fast approaching, she decides to take her kids to the mall to meet Santa Claus, not knowing that her youngest daughter Emily has sensed her mother’s sadness and is determined to use her time with Santa to make her mom happy again. Just a few days prior, Emily heard her mom say that all she wanted for Christmas was a compliment from a man, so that’s exactly what she tells Santa. Ironically, Santa, as it turns out, is office supply salesman and struggling songwriter Benjamin, who ends up giving Nancy just what she wants for Christmas, and much, much more. (Yari Film Group) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 13 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    75
    Either you're in the mood for a sweet and simple Christmas movie or you're not. If you are, then Perfect Holiday should fit the bill nicely.
  2. 63
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    May be far from perfect, but the big question is why you're sitting in a movie theater watching it instead of cuddling up at home with the remote in one hand and a steaming toddy in the other.
  4. 33
    It's a measure of the film's lack of imagination that Morris Chestnut, as an aspiring songwriter logging time as a mall Santa, can't even think of a good fake occupation.
  5. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    30
    The actors distinguish themselves mainly by their ability to make the material, directed and co-written by Lance Rivera, seem even more painfully awkward and unfunny than it already is--which is very.
  6. 30
    A piece of holiday cheese that even Harry & David wouldn't touch.
  7. 10
    Wretched yuletide comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. JamesV.
    Dec 11, 2007
    1
    The score of 1 is only because it's a holiday movie with a somewhat happy and cute ending. Other than that, it was a tedious waste of my time. There was absolutely no chemistry between the characters. If you want to see Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union humiliate themselves this is the movie for you. Malik Hammond who plays a thirteen year old boy ends up being the best actor in this film. From the sets, to the writing to the acting, it was a Perfect Disaster that should have never made it to the big screen!!!! Expand