Title: Nativity! Director: Debbie Isitt Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 45m
“This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is being charged with the biggest challenge of his life - mounting the school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh local school for the honour of the 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. Now Maddens only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.”
1:44 - “Those who can’t teach, teach primary.” Harsh. 2:42 - Can’t believe there are such kind of reviews for school nativity plays! 5:58 - The one thing I am jealous of is kids’ lunchboxes. So much variety. 9:51 - Is Martin Freeman left handed? Who knew? 11:21 - “Nothing overrules the rules of bagsie.” 13:45 - Eek, that’s a hefty lie. 15:03 - The Hobbit has some serious rage issues here. 18:53 - The dog blew up! Crikey. 20:39 - Tiny Wheatus is cute. “Listen to Iron Maiden baby.” 23:42 - “I’ve already accepted on your behalf.” Worst words ever! 30:37 - Field trip to a hospital doesn’t seem like a good idea. 36:49 - “He’s in my Gabriel pile.” 38:42 - A school uniform that includes berets is definitely over the top. 46:22 - Jeez, that’s emotional blackmail. Totally works though. 53:31 - “It’s the nativity, you can’t look cool.” 1:02:33 - Security can carry one child under each arm. 1:04:10 - “That’s what you’re paid to do.” 1:19:28 - Love that they have two Marys together at the back of the stage there. 1:25:25 - Those are actual camels! 1:26:26 - Boyband Kings.
It was the trailer to Nativity 2 that got us interested in this first. Funny, and with David Tennant, it seemed like a good thing to indulge in over Christmas. But first, we had to watch the original film, the one with Tim from the Office.
It was actually a lot better than I’d expected it was going to be. The trailer for this one hadn’t looked all that good but the film delivered. Sweet and saccharine, with an overemphasis on the cuteness of children, but with plenty of heart and an actually interesting story. They also played out most of the nativity at the end which I thought was good - usually, films gloss over the end performance of a story like this.