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Nativity! (2009)

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An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Maddens
Mr. Poppy
Gordon Shakespeare
Jennifer Lore
Mrs. Bevan
The Critic
Miss Rye
Mr. Lore
Mrs. Lore
Studio Boss
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Father Tom
Studio Receptionist
Oakmoor Headmistress


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 November 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weihnachtsmuffel  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£794,314 (United Kingdom), 29 November 2009, Limited Release
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Paul Maddens (Freeman) is at the studios in Hollywood, Jennifer admits she's not an executive producer and doesn't have the power to help. Maddens then asks if there's 'someone out here called Harvey or Bob who can help me out' an obvious reference to Harvey and Bob Weinstein. See more »


During the Hollywood interior studio scenes the plug points are clearly UK 3-pin sockets See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Followed by Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (2012) See more »


Jingle Bell Jump
Arranged and performed by Kevin Hiatt and Charles Blaker
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Heart warming and hilarious....
26 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Saw Nativity! at a preview screening with my kids and it is a complete delight! It's a rare example of a film for kids that delivers laughs and emotion and hits all the right buttons, but in a fresh and original way that also has a lot for adults to enjoy. I was surprised to be so drawn in by a film that is clearly aimed at children and I'm not ashamed to say I had lump in my throat by the end.

The kids in the film are natural - and hilarious - and the original songs are terrific - we'll be tracking down the soundtrack album! Kids, Christmas, a love story and a musical all rolled into one - what more do you want for some great holiday entertainment? I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a great 'British Classic' for many Christmases to come - it certainly deserves to be.

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