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Nativity! (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  27 November 2009 (UK)
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An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play.

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Paul Maddens
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Jennifer Lore
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Alan Carr ...
The Critic
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Mayor
Rosie Cavaliero ...
Miss Rye
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Mr. Lore
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Mrs. Lore
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Studio Boss
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Father Tom
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Harrison
Rhydian Jones ...
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Selina Cadell ...
Oakmoor Headmistress
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Storyline

This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr Poppy fuelling his 'little white lie', Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for brief language and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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27 November 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weihnachtsmuffel  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£794,314 (UK) (27 November 2009)

Gross:

£5,124,202 (UK) (1 January 2010)
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Trivia

Most of the film is improvised, with the producers telling the actors what would happen in the scene, and the actors acting it out, with no script. See more »

Goofs

When Mr Maddens puts down the 'Christmas Post' box, he leaves it at a wonky angle. A few seconds later, it is straight again without any indication that it had been straightened. See more »

Crazy Credits

End-credits dedication: "This film is dedicated to inspirational teachers everywhere." See more »

Connections

Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.14 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

One Night One Moment
Written by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt
Performed by Hayley Westenra & The Nativity! Cast
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Absolute delight to watch!
5 December 2010 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

What a delightful film! I watched it on a recent flight, thinking I'd go for something light that would keep me awake, not expecting too much really, and then I was absolutely delighted by this feel-good movie! Great and very convincing performance by Martin Freeman. And "Mr. Poppy" (Marc Wootton) is an absolute joy to watch. But it's definitely the children that make this film so special. Some of them are absolutely hilarious.

Great soundtrack, too. Songs that stick in ones mind even long after watching the film.

This is truly one of the best, most heartwarming and most enjoyable Christmas films I've ever seen, and it goes to show that a director doesn't need a huge budget to put together a film that is a joy to watch for everyone - children and adults alike!


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