Contrived 'Holiday' a Long Way From Perfect
Well, there was an African-American ensemble comedy that came out in November called "This Christmas" but technically that was an African-American ensemble comedy for the Thanksgiving season.
It was also a fair bit more engaging than this overplotted and underwhelming picture, in which
Gabrielle Union, who deserves better material, as do her co-stars, plays Nancy, a single mother of three. Her unreliable ex (Charlie Murphy) is a rapper who goes by J-Jizzy, recording a new Christmas album featuring such tender songs as "I Saw Mommy Cappin'
What a coincidence! Sweet, aspiring songwriter Benjamin (
To make the rent Benjamin works as a mall elf, alongside his Santa pal (Faizon Love). Sometimes they switch roles, and when one of Nancy's kids asks Benjamin-as-Santa for some nice man to give her mom a compliment, Benjamin obliges.
Co-writer and director Lance Rivera's film intermittently comes to life, usually for non-holiday-related reasons. Williams, for example, can get more comic mileage out of a riff on someone's milky-colored shirt than most comedians can get in a full-length concert. But the film lacks any sort of cinematic personality. It does not lack for product placement, though. Two key scenes are set in a
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