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Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! Review

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New teacher Mr. Shepherd (Martin Clunes) is kicked by a nativity donkey and can’t remember his daughter or his fiancée Sophie. He goes to New York with Mr. Poppy (Wootton) and the kids to see Sophie and regain his memory.

★★★★★

The festive series goes further into pantomime mode in this decidedly silly sequel. Following in the footsteps of Martin Freeman and David Tennant, Martin Clunes plays the straight-faced foil to Marc Wootton’s teaching assistant Mr. Poppy, while Catherine Tate is the love interest in New York. Once the amnesiac plot line kicks in, it’s all madcap dashes and flash mobs with Mr. Poppy and a large group of children who appear to require no permission from parents or guardians. If Wootton makes you laugh, there are giggles here and there, but otherwise this is strictly a kids-only affair.

A preposterous romp with little for adults to enjoy beyond Wootton’s manchild gurning. To say this is slightly better than Nativity 2 is damning with faint praise.