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The Perfect Holiday | 2007 | PG | - 2.3.3

A divorced woman (Gabrielle Union) is so preoccupied with a custody battle and busy taking care of her children that she does not have time to take care of herself. However, her youngest daughter, realizing that her mother is not happy, uses her time sitting on a mall Santa's lap to ask him to have a nice man pay her mommy a compliment. Also with Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard and Charlie Murphy. Directed by Lance Rivera. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes, a man and a woman dance and hug, and a man and a woman flirt.
 There are a couple of scenes where it is implied that a man and a woman would like to have sex but there are interruptions each time.
 A man says his "dessert" is waiting for him in the car (implying a woman). A boy is upset when his divorced mother is going out on a date.
 A man is shown bare-chested while changing clothes and his bare abdomen is also visible. We see a woman wrapped in a towel and her bare shoulders are visible. Several women wear short skirts and low-cut tops that reveal bare thighs and cleavage, and women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes. A boy wears boxer shorts in a few scenes and must be reminded to put on pants. There is an introductory animation that shows a well-endowed woman wearing a short dress.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy drives a motorized car, crashes into a balcony, he is thrown over the railing and he grabs onto a Christmas tree where he clings until he is rescued.
 A man falls off a balcony and lands on an inflated decoration on the ground below. A man is struck in the face by a snowball (he's OK).
 A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit jumps on another man who is stealing the handbag of an elderly woman. Several children attack a shopping mall elf, they jump on him and pull off his hair. A man shoves another man who falls back into a barricade (he's OK).
 A man bumps into people on a sidewalk while trying to catch a dollar bill that's blowing away from him.
 A man and his ex-wife argue in front of their children in several scenes. A man yells at a man in several scenes and he tries to tear a telephone book in half in one scene. A man breaks up with a woman he is dating and she becomes upset.
 A shopping mall security guard tells a boy that Santa Claus is dead. A man talks about his son and says he should be "peeling his butt." A man makes a reference to a song title being "I Saw Mommy Capping Santa Claus."
 Boys prepare several practical jokes against a man: one is peanut butter on his car seat and another is green goo in a bucket hanging over a door, and one backfires spilling green goo on a boy's head. A man spills a tray of fruit and another man eats a piece off the floor. While emptying a man's coat pockets a man finds a pair of underwear or a sock (it's not clear which) and reacts with disgust. A woman drops her telephone into a pot of sauce.
 There is an introductory animation that shows a man cutting a hole in a Christmas stocking where a woman had been and she falls onto the floor; the same man cuts a hole in ice where a woman stands and she falls through, and he cuts down a woman's Christmas tree and he is shocked when he tries to cut a string of Christmas lights.

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LANGUAGE 3 - 8 sexual references, 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, whack, pathetic), 5 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol in a bar and a party scene. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, divorce, custody, fame, celebrity, lies, Santa Claus, betrayal, trust, love, happiness, greed, dreams, Christmas wishes, music industry, single parenting.
MESSAGE - Christmas is really about being a happy family.
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