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Perfect for the Holidays!

on 11/30/2013

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Product Overview

When a little girl tells a part-time shopping mall santa all her mother wants for christmas is to meet a nice man, he decides to make her wish come true.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 208715442
UPC 043396253568
UPC 14 00043396253568
Format DVD
Release Date 11/3/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Holiday
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Santa Claus
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Christmas wishes come true in Lance Rivera's (THE COOKOUT) second turn as a director, THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Struggling songwriter Benjamin Armstrong (Morris Chestnut) is an all-around nice guy who is both looking for love and waiting for his big break. In the meantime, he works part-time as a shopping mall Santa, and one day receives a sweet request from young Emily (Khail Bryant): all she wants for Christmas is for her mommy to meet a nice man. A busy divorced single mother of three, Nancy (Gabrielle Union) has lost her faith in love since her bitter divorce from James, aka mega-rap star J-Jizzy (Charlie Murphy). When Benjamin uses Emily's inside information to make her Christmas wish come true, it looks likes he's found love with Nancy. But will a big career break cost him everything? And will Nancy's eldest son, John-John (Malik Hammond) accept him and give up on his dream that his parents will reconcile? With some help from Mrs. Christmas (Queen Latifah), reminiscent of Clarence in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, they all just might have a perfect holiday.^Murphy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his younger brother Eddie, is fun as J-Jizzy, pushing the gangsta rapper stereotype to comic extremes. Terrence Howard appears briefly as Bah-Humbug, who attempts to foil Mrs. Christmas's good deeds. Faizon Love and Katt Williams lend comic support as Ben's best buddy, Jamal, and J-Jizzy's manager, Delicious. Union and Chestnut make a lovely couple, but the kids steal the show here. Hammond does a great job as a little boy who is trying to be a man and along the way realizes that his father isn't perfect. Bryant and Jeremy Gumbs, who plays middle-child Mikey, make their big-screen debuts.
Directors
Lance Rivera
Actors
Morris Chestnut
Queen Latifah
Gabrielle Union
Terrence Howard
Cast & Crew
Katt Williams - Star
Morris Chestnut - Star
Queen Latifah - Star
Jeremy Gumbs - Star
Malik Hammond - Star
Faizon Love - Star
Jill Marie Jones - Star
Khail Bryant - Star
Gabrielle Union - Star
Charlie Murphy - Star
Rachel True - Star
Terrence Howard - Star
Marc Calixte - Screenwriter
Queen Latifah - Producer
Christopher Lennertz - Composer
Marc Calixte - Story
Lance Rivera - Screenwriter
Paul di Franco - Music Supervisor
Joseph P. Genier - Producer
Jeff Stein - Screenwriter
Nat Mauldin - Screenwriter
Teodoro Maniaci - Director of Photography
Leifur B. Dagfinnsson - Producer
Lance Rivera - Story
Marvin Peart - Producer
Shakim Compere - Producer
Mike Elliott - Producer
Lance Rivera - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 25356
UPC 00043396253568
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review There's a lot of sap in this Christmas tree. The self-proclaimed "first African-American ensemble comedy" of the season (despite following November hit "This Christmas"), helmer Lance Rivera's romance "The Perfect Holiday" is neither perfect nor much of a holiday, more like a fruitcake passed around from arthritic aunt to demented uncle -- stale, predictable and made with fossilized ingredients...Seizing upon that perennial yuletide staple, divine intervention, "The Perfect Holiday" opens with Queen Latifah as some kind of angel (she's identified only as the "narrator"), trying to catch the first snowflake of the winter on her tongue. It's an appealing image. Belittling her efforts is Bah-Humbug, her antithesis in Christmas cheer (played by Terrence Howard, who seems to have lost a bet)...The mortals they'll be following are Nancy (Gabrielle Union), a single mother of three who's in the midst of a nasty custody battle with her ex, rapper-producer J-Jizzy (a delightfully obnoxious Charlie Murphy)...The device of having Howard and Latifah (one of the film's producers) only occasionally enter the picture to perform some kind of idle magic feels so tacked on, it's ludicrous (not Ludacris). But from the opening credits, which have the retro look of an old "Lucy Show," nothing here seems to have been sufficiently thought out...Adding to the pic's lack of seasonal cheer is the blandness of the cinematography and production design.
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Reviewer John Anderson
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Queen Latifah
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...easygoing and heartwarming.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a big-hearted romantic comedy...full of spirit and cheer!

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