— by SEAN GERSKI —
With the lack of Christmas movies this year, the time would have been right to get “Nativity!” in theaters in America. Unfortunately, that isn’t happening — instead the movie is the private joy of oversea audiences.
(And I know that Jim Carrey’s “A Christmas Carol” is still out there, but I maintain what I said originally — it came out way to early. It doesn’t seem to be on the tips of anyone’s tongues when the phrase “what do you want to see at the theater?” is uttered this week.)
Here is the description of “Nativity!”: 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.
Making me want to see it, for the most part, is the cast — led by Martin Freeman (from the original version of “The Office”) and Ashley Jensen (of “Extras”). As you may have noticed, both were co-stars of Ricky Gervais on his two classic TV shows.
For those not fortunate enough to have this playing in their local theater, here are three clips from “Nativity!”
Source: Trailer Addict
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