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Nativity! 2009 123movies

Nativity! 2009 123movies

Nov. 27, 2009105 Min.
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Watch: Nativity! 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Martin Freeman is lovelorn teacher Mr Maddens, a former am-dram star whose girlfriend (Ashley Jensen) dumped him over Christmas five years ago and upped sticks, inexplicably, to La-La Land. Yuletide cheer is not his forte, but he’s forced to drum some up when Pam Ferris’s headmistress earmarks him to direct the Nativity play.
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6.4/10 Votes: 10,624
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N/A Votes: 170 Popularity: 9.905 | TMDB

Reviews:


Silly and stupid, but it has a charm to it. ‘Nativity!’ is not a film to be taken seriously, though there is entertainment in there.

Martin Freeman does well as the flawed Mr. Maddens, while Marc Wootton fully commits to the role of somewhat dodgy Mr. Poppy – he can be irritating in parts, but all in all comes out more fun than annoying… albeit just. I also found Alan Carr surprisingly amusing as Patrick Burns. Interesting to see Clarke Peters, Ricky Tomlinson and Jason Watkins involved too.

It’s clearly made for families and young audiences, as such I think they did a good job with this. It works. It’s sweet seeing the kid cast members have so much fun with it.

Intrigued to see what the three sequels have in store.

Review By: r96sk

As warm and as enchanting as a Whisky Mac.

He’s a failed actor, his girlfriend has left him and gone to make it big in America, and now, school teacher Paul Maddens has to direct the Nativity play. Worse still, after a little white bragging lie to an old rival, Maddens finds things escalating out of his control.

Ah, the Christmas movie, a piece of work aimed at a certain market at a certain time of year. Many movies of Christmas past have been excruciatingly bad, either by losing sight of the holiday heart, or by going for a different angle at a season which is meant to be jolly. In the main then, the Crimble picture has been blighted by a train of thinking akin to damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Debbie Isitt’s Nativity! will not achieve any reviews proclaiming it to be refreshingly new, rightly so since it’s a standard seasonal fare based story. What hopefully will be said is how utterly beguiling and warming the film is, so yeah! Basically a Christmas picture doing its job.

Chiefly in its favour is that it has a naturalness to it that keeps its charm grounded. There’s no miracle in the offering here, no boink over the head with a sledgehammer to enforce its message. Isitt is happy letting the film and its delightful characters go with the flow, the result ending up as being a fully involving experience. It helps too that the army of children (plucked from local auditions by Issitt) are adorable and funny in equal measure. Not that the adults come up short either. Martin Freeman (Maddens) gives a wonderfully controlled performance as the central character, while Marc Wooton as Mr. Poppy, a character showing the child in all us adults, almost steals the movie from the delightful moppet squad. It has its faults, such as a trip to America that quickly loses momentum, and if we are honest then surely the actual Nativity finale goes on a touch too long. But such missteps are easily forgiven given the impact as a whole.

My cinema visiting group at Xmas 2009 consisted of 4 adults and 4 teenagers. As we filed out, there was a mixture of wet eyes and beaming smiles. So yeah! Job done for sure. 8/10

Footnotes: Xmas 2013. With a sequel hitting the theatres this Christmas I thought it time to revisit this film. Delighted to report that it still manages to warm the old cockles of my Xmas heart and remains a seasonal picture that I urge more folk to seek out.

Xmas 2015. Rewatched, still lovely.

Review By: John Chard
Gloriously daft!
I don’t get the level of hate this series of films seem to get, they’re lighthearted, and make me laugh out loud.

Yes, you have to be in the mood for a bit of daftness, but let yourself go and have a bit of fun!

The first one in particular is really good, with a superb cast (it’s like a who’s who of British actors!), and Marc Wootton’s Mr Poppy is a great comedy character. It’s very, very British in tone which I love.

As for the kids, I don’t find them annoying, which is unusual for me, so a big plus there!

Give the films a go, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Review By: rocknrelics
My new favourite Christmas film!
Part of Nativity’s charm is that it looks like an average TV drama, especially initially with its TV actors and production values, but as the film goes on you start to realise that this is so much better than a TV comedy drama Christmas special on BBC2. “Nativity!” is a Christmas classic, it’s something adults and children can equally find funny with it’s charming characters and uplifting spirit.

Martin Freeman plays a likably grumpy teacher who doesn’t think much to Christmas after his girlfriend left him to be a Hollywood producer on Christmas day. Enter the star of the show Mr.Poppy! The amazingly hilarious dim-witted teaching assistant who plays a classic comedy character who you can’t help but love. Mr.Shakespeare is also a brilliant panto villain who leads his fairly accurate, if not belated, private school to win 5 star reviews. That is until Mr.Poppy blurts out to everyone Martin Freeman’s lie that a Hollywood producer is coming to film their pathetic attempt of a nativity.

From here on it’s a fight to put on the best nativity play the world has ever seen and try to attract Hollywood to come and see them. “Nativity!” is so sickly you need a bucket ready at the end of the film, as you’re stomach starts to dance around. But is also so amazingly uplifting that you can’t help but love it! It’s completely over the top nonsense with plenty of “as if!” moments but that’s all part of the charm. Alan Carr also plays a brilliant nativity critic.

You’ll be lucky to find a more jolly, funny and charming Christmas film than this. It’s brilliant British comedy with a fantastic cast that will have you howling with laughter. The final 20 minutes feature incredibly catchy songs and hundreds of health and safety knock-outs. Some might say that it gets a bit too much, but for me it was pure charming escapism. “Nativity!” isn’t perfect but I think that’s the message of the film, nothing’s perfect, just take things for what they are.

Review By: asda-man

Other Information:

Original Title Nativity!
Release Date 2009-11-27
Release Year 2009

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (UK)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated PG
Genre Comedy, Family
Director Debbie Isitt
Writer Debbie Isitt
Actors Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins
Country United Kingdom
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio N/A
Camera N/A
Laboratory DeLuxe
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A

Nativity! 2009 123movies
Nativity! 2009 123movies
Nativity! 2009 123movies
Original title Nativity!
TMDb Rating 6.341 170 votes

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