Whitney Pastorek
December 12, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Perfect Holiday

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/12/07
performer
Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union
director
Lance Rivera
distributor
Yari Film Group
author
Marc Calixte, Nat Mauldin, Lance Rivera, Jeff Stein
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it a B-

In The Perfect Holiday, Benjamin (Morris Chestnut) is a struggling songwriter and part-time mall Santa; Nancy (the ever-winning Gabrielle Union) is a divorcée whose daughter asks Santa to bring Mom a man. Will they find love for Christmas? Well, duh. So why throw in a bizarre device involving Queen Latifah as a narrating angel and a creepy, sallow Terrence Howard as her adversary? Their A-list names 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. B-

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