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Nativity! (2009)

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An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play.

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Cast

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Paul Maddens
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Jennifer Lore
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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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Father Tom
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Harrison
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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  »

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£794,314 (UK) (27 November 2009)
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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 TJ has finished singing 'Good News' the harness starts to pull him back up to the spire, he is not wearing his robe, when the camera changes angle we see that he is now wearing his robe. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

You Make me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by Sylvester (as James Sylvester) and James Wirrick
Performed by Thomas McGaritty
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100% joyful
26 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nativity is heartwarming and completely joyful.

It's about a teacher, Mr Maddens, who is so stressed about organising a Nativity play and meeting an old rival, that he tells the huge white lie that a Hollywood Studio, headed by his ex girlfriend, is coming to see his Nativity Play in Coventry! The lie spirals out of control and soon parents are asking if their kids are going to need Hollywood agents.

I loved the teachers, the British humour and of course the kids.

I was hooked into the world from the word go. I loved the rivalry between the two schools. The introduction of Mr Poppy created even more of a spark. The trip to Hollywood is hilarious and the 20 minute musical finale is stunning.

I took my 9 year old and her mates and they loved it. It's so rare that we can enjoy a film together that isn't about shopping and starring Hannah Montana!

I want to find out if there is a soundtrack.

It's so good to see a film that is just simply joyful. I think it's appeal will last for years.


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