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Black Nativity (2013)

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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

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In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Drama | Family | Music | Musical

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Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal  »

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$3,669,530 (USA) (29 November 2013)

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$7,017,178 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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This film is one of the rare occasions when Forest Whitaker lends his tenor voice for a film. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lady Gaga (2013) See more »

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Coldest Town
Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Kasi Lemmons
Performed by Jacob Latimore
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Dylan Wiggins
Additional Vocal Production Taura Stinson
Additional Programming Joseph "Bedrock" Epperson
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Good cast and acting but the movie was just too cheesy for me to fully get into. Feels like a made for TV movie.
12 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Proof of God's grace is all around you, you just have to open your eyes." After struggling single mom Naima (Hudson) is faced with foreclosure and homelessness right before Christmas she decides to send her son Langston to live with his grandparents. Her father Reverend Cobbs (Whitaker) and his wife gladly take him in even though none of them know each other. Langston wants nothing more then to get back home to his mother and will do anything to make that happen. When a stranger offers to help his life is changed. Even though the cast for this movie is good I was not thrilled about watching this. After watching it my preconceptions were pretty much right on. It wasn't terrible but it was just so over-the-top cheesy that it made it a little hard to get into and enjoy. If this was a made-for-TV movie it would have been OK but the fact that this was a theater release really makes you wonder why this got that kind of distribution when there are so many other more deserving movies that don't get the wide release this one did. Overall, cheesy and nothing amazing. It is a Christmas movie though so that has to be taken into account. I give this a C+.


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