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Nancy Taylor (Gabrielle Union) was once the wife of R&B star J-Jizzy (Charlie Murphy) but now is his ex-wife and mother of their 3 children who would love just for once a man to notice her and pay her a compliment. When her little girl overhears her mum saying this to her friends she asks a mall court Santa for someone to notice her mum and pay her a compliment. That mall Santa happens to be nice guy, Benjamin (Morris Chestnut) who when he sees Nancy a day later he does just that and genuinely thinks she is gorgeous but feels guilty as he feels like he is will have to tell a lie over the whole Santa thing. But things become even more complicated when a song which Benjamin wrote is picked by J-Jizzy for his album which is when Benjamin discovers who Nancy is.
Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Faizon Love, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard; those are just some of the familiar actors who appear in "The Perfect Holiday" and each of them have their own appeal from being good looking to nice as well as comical. And there appeal is crucial to this movie because unless you are a fan of one of them this movie is going to be hard work. To put that simply if you are a fan of Morris Chestnut and that killer smile and deep eyes you are going to be more than happy to watch him dish out that smile and be a nice guy in ever scene.
But get beyond the appeal which the actors bring to "The Perfect Holiday" and what you have left is a movie which wouldn't be out of place if it had been made by a TV network. There is romance, there are complications, there are children and best friends but there is no soul to any of this. Nope we have actors delivering funny lines, over the top set pieces and pulling off romantic and comical looks but never doing anything more than delivering what is extremely regular stuff.
What this all boils down to is that "The Perfect Holiday" is an okay movie as it has the appeal of its cast which is its major draw. But it is nothing special due to regular story elements and jokes which don't so much let it down but make it ordinary.
Tags: Christmas Movies