The Perfect Holiday (PG)

Family 96 December 12, 2007
Nancy (Gabrielle Union) is a normal suburban mom who wears sweatpants as she shuttles her kids to and from ballet class. She's also trying to move on from an ill-fated marriage to rap star J-Jizzy (Charles Q. Murphy, flashing his teeth and his bling). When her angelic daughter (Khail Bryant) tells a shopping-mall Santa that all she wants for Christmas is for Mommy to be happy, Santa — who turns out to be a regulation hottie underneath all that cotton wool — gets to work. His real name is Benjamin (Morris Chestnut), and he falls hard for Mommy. Unfortunately, Benjamin is also an aspiring R&B singer whose greatest desire is to have a record produced by J-Jizzy. During the ensuing hour of pratfalls and mistaken identities, the actors distinguish themselves mainly by their ability to make the material, directed and co-written by Lance Rivera (The Cookout), seem even more painfully awkward and unfunny than it is, which is very.
Lance Rivera Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Faizon Love, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams, Rachel True, Jill Marie Jones Marc Calixte, Lance Rivera, Nat Mauldin, Jeff Stein Shakim Compere, Queen Latifah, Marvin Peart, Leifur B. Dagfinnsson, Mike Elliott Yari Film Group

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