It’s day 10 of our very own special Christmas Movie Advent Calendar, the Screen One Christmas Movie Countdown. Join with us as we continue to countdown to Christmas with a new movie to watch each day as the days get ever closer to the big day. All films are availble via various streaming and terrestrial TV services.
Day 10 – Nativity! (Netflix/Prime Video)
This Holiday Season, elementary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins, in the upcoming film “The Hobbit”, BBC TV’s “The Office” and Masterpiece Mystery “Sherlock”) is charged with producing the school’s musical nativity play. Competing against the fancy rival private school and his arch rival Gordon Shakespeare (Jason Watkins, “The Golden Compass,” “Tomorrow Never Dies”) for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen, “Ugly Betty”), 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 one “little white lie” escalating events out of control he becomes 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.
Who doesn’t love a silly charming Christmas movie, that hits all the right notes, is innoffensive and just genrally a feel good movie that leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside? Well, Nativity! Is just that film. Starring Martin Freeman as the put upon teacher who gets himself in hot water over a bold claim. While Marc Wotton’s Mr Poppy tends to steal a lot fo the scenes he is in. It’s actually the child cast that shines the boldest in this simply wonderful film.
If you’re behind on the countdown you can catch up via the links below the poster. Enjoy.
Screen One Christmas Movie Countdown