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The Perfect Holiday

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Christmas fable is cute and tame, but unoriginal.

Movie PG 2007 96 minutes
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age 17+

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age 17+

Good for adults!

I liked this movie a lot. It made me laugh and laugh.Given there are some bad language and some immoral stuff but Come on Queen Latifa Is hilarious.I had a great time laughing at this movie. Diffidently not a family sit down with kids type of movie but Awesome for a married couple to sit down and watch together!

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While it's not hard to see where all of this is headed, the movie fills out its 96 minutes with some especially formulaic elements. Nancy shares her hopes and frustrations with her best girlfriends (Jill Marie Jones and Rachel True); Benjamin hangs out with his best friend, Jamal (Faizon Love); and J-Jizzy has a goofy and compliant manager, Delicious (Katt Williams). This arrangement allows the adults to talk endlessly about their hearts' desires and self-images, while the kids are left -- more often than not -- to figure things out for themselves. When at last Benjamin confesses his inadvertent scam to John-John, the boy is rightly protective of his mother. Still, it makes you wonder why he's the most mature male on the scene.

And as if the plot isn't busy enough already, the movie adds two fable-icious kibitzers into the mix: "Mother Christmas" (played by producer Queen Latifah) and "Bah-Humbug" (Terrence Howard). As much as she wants this dull-as-can-be romance to go well, he wants to cause impish trouble. While you'd think that Latifah and Howard would be welcome anywhere, here their comedy is strained and their commentary stale.

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