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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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1 December 2007 | by (Palm Harbor, FL) – See all my reviews

Queen Latifah is the reason we attended the advance screening of PERFECT HOLIDAY in our area. If she is your only reason for viewing this movie, you might be as disappointed as we were. My husband would have bolted after 15 minutes, but in deference to me, he sat through the entire movie. He did laugh once, towards the end of the movie, at a cryptic comment uttered by Terrence Howard's character in front of a closed outlet mall. I won't spoil the movie for you by telling you the line, but you will probably laugh, too. Speaking of Terrence Howard, he must have owed Queen Latifah BIG TIME to appear in this movie, especially as the humbug to her holiday.

The movie has some warm, touching moments, with a little bit (very little bit) of comedy and (more than a little bit) love. It is just too bland and average to warrant a night out, especially at today's ticket prices. Wait for the DVD, or better yet, wait for cable (unless you really have to see the Queen). Please don't spoil your perfect holidays by going out of your way to see this movie.

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