The Perfect Holiday (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  12 December 2007 (USA)
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A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.


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Laughter, love and just a hint of magic make for 'The Perfect Holiday', a fun-filled comedy starring Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams, Faizon Love, Terrence Howard and Queen Latifah. All Nancy Taylor(Union) wants for Christmas is to meet a nice man. So when her little girl shares her smitten wish with a Mall Santa, Benjamin Armstrong(Chestnut), he does his best o make her dreams come true in this delightful family treat for the whole family to enjoy! Written by Third Millenium Entertainment Australia

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This Christmas, the perfect man just happens to be Santa.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language and some suggestive humor | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perfect Christmas  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,283,360 (USA) (14 December 2007)


$5,809,663 (USA) (1 February 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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When Ben and Jamal are at their lockers after the second time Emily visits Santa, Jamal's toque keeps changing from pulled down to his ears to sitting on top of his head. See more »


Nancy: Since when did my kids become the Jackson Five?
John-John: I ain't being Michael!
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References Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) See more »


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Bland, harmless Christmas time-waster...
17 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One thing you can say about The Perfect Holiday is that it's slightly less idiotic than most of the recent crop of holiday movies. It doesn't suffer from the same juvenile slapstick bits as Deck The Halls, Surviving Christmas, or Christmas With The Kranks. Furthermore, it's nice to see people of color getting a story they can call their own, while all of those other titles (forgettable as they may be) depict Christmas as something that exists entirely in a white-bread suburban world. It's a shame that this movie isn't more original. It's filled with talented actors, but the script is at the level of a TV sitcom holiday special. Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union do they best they can with their cookie-cutter parts, but the audience knows from Minute One exactly where the jokes are going.

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