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Nativity! stars Martin Freeman as Midlands primary school teacher Paul Maddens who’s been depressed since his girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen) left him five years ago at Christmas to pursue a Hollywood career.

An ex-drama school colleague has become Paul’s chief rival, thanks to the acclaimed Christmas shows he puts on as the drama teacher at a nearby posh school.

After being put in charge of the school nativity play by Headmistress Bevan (Pam Ferris), Paul claims Hollywood interest in their production — a lie that quickly spirals out of control and makes his nativity play the talk of the town.

Some superfluous scenes (a trip to LA and a visit to a maternity ward) and a slightly undercooked script will be forgiven once you see the imaginatively-staged final act of the film.

Adrian Drayton



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