Holiday Heart (2000)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  10 December 2000 (USA)
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A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Holiday Heart
Niki Dean (as Jessika Quynn Reynolds)
Johnathan Wesley Wallace ...
Jambalaya Blue (as Johnathan Wallace)
Pastor Henry
Mrs. Owens
Penthouse M.C.
Guy Fauchon ...
Travel Agent Dan
LT (as Ronald Selmour)
Patricia Idlette ...
Mrs. Walker
Mary Antonini ...


A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

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He'll do anything in his power... to keep them together. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida É Mesmo Assim  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Ving Rhames and Mykelti Williamson have played Don King. Ving Rhames portrayed King in Don King: Only in America (1997) and Mykelti Williamson played him in Ali (2001). See more »


Nikki's shoes change from sneakers to boots during the scenes in which she first meets Holiday and when he takes them to his house. See more »


Wanda: [reading her poetry] They were young and firm, quick to part but slow to learn. But my thighs are mine to keep...
Holiday Heart: When are you going to write about something that doesn't involve your body parts?
Wanda: [throws paper] You know what? Remind me to never show you anything again. And you're lucky I don't show you my Sally right now.
Holiday Heart: Your what?
Wanda: My Sally.
[grabs crotch]
Wanda: My SUGAR BOWL! Oh, yes!
Holiday Heart: [turns up face in digust] Please, darling.
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User Reviews

The story of the drag queen with a heart of gold packs an emotional wallop.
24 June 2003 | by (fort lauderdale) – See all my reviews

Caught this movie on the Black Entertainment Network while

flipping channels. It was a pleasant surprise!!! Entertaining! Funny

and heart tugging all at once.

When a young girl cries for help for her mom who is being beaten

up by her boyfriend, the only one to help is a drag queen--Holiday

Heart-- who packs a punch. He befriends the duo taking them to

his home and they become a family in spite of their differences.

All is well until another man comes along putting a rift between the

mother and Holiday. Then Drugs pull the mom away from the


I found Holiday;s need for a family heartbreaking and truthful--and

it was an incredible portrayal. Also great are Alfre Woodward and

the young girl.

There are a couple of holes in the plot but this story of a drag

queen with a heart of gold really packs an emotional wallop. What

a sleeper. Highly recommended

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