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 an 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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