The Perfect Holiday is a 2007 family comedy film starring Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, and Terrence Howard and is produced by Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah, who also narrates the movie. The film was released on December 12, 2007. The film has also appeared on many television networks, including Disney Channel and Family and BET.

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


Benjamin (Chestnut) is an aspiring songwriter who attempts to break into the music business by giving a copy of his recording track of a Christmas album to a rap artist named J-Jizzy (Charles Q. Murphy). Nancy (Union) is a divorced mother, who is too busy taking care of her three children to take care of herself. Her daughter Emily (Khail Bryant) overhears her mother say that she wished for a compliment from a man, and the daughter tells the local mall's Santa Claus about her mother's wish.

The Santa Claus turns out to be Benjamin, who notices Nancy. Later, while sitting in a Starbucks after his shift as Santa, Benjamin and his friend Jamal (Faizon Love) see Nancy go into a dry cleaners. Benjamin borrows Jamal's jacket, pretends to drop it off at the cleaners, tells Nancy that she's a very attractive woman (granting her wish), and leaves. Eventually, the two start to date and end up falling in loveâ€"without Ben realizing that Nancy's ex-husband is J-Jizzy.

Things take a turn for the worse, however, because Nancy's oldest son, John-John (Malik Hammond) is jealous of Benjamin going out with his mother and plots to break up the relationship. What follows is a series of funny and touching scenes that show viewers what "family" is really about.

Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard play omniscient roles in the movie. Howard is a mischievous and sly angel named "Bah Humbug", while Latifah is the kind, thoughtful angel, called "Mrs. Christmas".


The Perfect Holiday
  • Gabrielle Union - Nancy Taylor
  • Morris Chestnut - Benjamin Armstrong
  • Charlie Murphy - J-Jizzy
  • Faizon Love - Jamal
  • Jeremy Gumbs - Mikey
  • Jill Marie Jones - Robin
  • Katt Williams - Delicious
  • Khail Bryant - Emily
  • Malik Hammond - John-John
  • Queen Latifah - Mrs. Christmas
  • Rachel True - Brenda
  • Terrence Howard - Bah Humbug


The film was neither a critical nor commercial success. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 16% of critics gave positive reviews based on 54 reviews. It has a consensus stating The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok. Metacritic gave the film a 35/100 approval rating based on 22 reviews classifying the film has "generally negative reviews". On its opening weekend, it opened poorly at #6 with $2.2 million. The film grossed $5.8 million domestically.


External links

  • Official website
  • The Perfect Holiday at AllMovie
  • The Perfect Holiday at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Perfect Holiday at Metacritic
  • The Perfect Holiday at Box Office Mojo
  • The Perfect Holiday at Rotten Tomatoes
  • A Father and Son’s Perfect Holiday - Dad and 7 year old son discuss performing stunts in Queen Latifah's film at Mosaec.com

The Perfect Holiday

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