Movie review: Perfect Holiday not so perfect
The perfect vacation is seasonal pablum partially redeemed by a smart (as waste) thrown and at least one unusual holiday bit. Guided by co-written by Lance (The Cookout) Rivera, the movie mostly flourishes through contracted cute scenes and some who think they are scenes (such as the one that includes a £ 300 attempt to wear a fat suit). The romantic / family comedy also demands a huge suspension of disbelief because the sweet Gabrielle Union has a woman (Nancy) who wants a beautiful man to pay her a compliment.
Union plays the old woman of an unpleasant rapper, J. Jizzy (Charlie Murphy Eddie’s older brother who gets the most in the movie). The divorce kid helps her go to an attractive section store Santa, Benjamin (Morris Chestnut), who is also a songwriter. What’s more, hes who plays his songs to J. Jizzy. Many of the movies involve Benjamin trying to keep Nancy and Jizzy to find out about his romantic and business (respectively) arrangements with each of them. The problem is that there is no logical reason why he should care about Nancy about his true calling.
Much of the movie involves Nancy who discusses life with her gals-pals (Jill Marie Jones and Rachel True), Benjamin with his best button, Jamal (Faizon Love). and J-Jizzy interact with his spatial manager, Delicious (Katt Williams). It offers scenes of soul searching, self revelations and some comedy games, but few of them are interesting.
There is also little reason for Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard (who appeared in 95 percent of the films released in 2007) playing competitive angels (or maybe it’s angel against devil). Latifah blows through her role, but Howard just seems shy to be here (and who owes him?).
One of the brightest parts of The Perfect Holiday is one of the most underestimated: a shop store a black santa and black eleven helper, children of all colors are in the direction of Ol Saint Nick and nobody asks. It is a sweet, hopeful setting that fits the otherwise pedestrians, the plundering of the perfect holiday.
The perfect holiday is PG for short language and some suggestive humor. Duration: 96 minutes. Macsimum rating: 4 out of 10. You can check the movie trailers on the QuickTime movie showroom.