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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
David Tennant
Marc Wootton
Jessica Hynes.
Directors
Debbie Isitt.
Screenwriters
Debbie Istit.
Running Time
105 minutes

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Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger
Not necessarily the happiest time of the year


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Plot
St. Bernadette’s newbie teacher Mr Peterson (Tennant) is increasingly stressed out by the demands of home life and prepping a class load of warbling kids for a national singing competition.


Review
Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger
David Tennant replaces Martin Freeman in this follow-up to 2009’s likable Brit-hit, with the pupils of St. Bernadette’s competing in a national song contest. In an ever more far-fetched and overlong road trip to the finals, the funny, natural kids are sidelined for adult drama and plot twists galore, with Tennant playing two roles, Wootton clowning ever more outrageously and a huge cast of supporting kooks to cram in. A cast this gifted and endearing means this will still be watchable if you catch it on TV in a Christmas coma, but it’s sadly no seasonal classic.


Verdict
Even this charming cast struggle to bring life to an overlong story that has all the sizzle of leftover turkey.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Worst film of 2012!

Only if you REALLY want over syrupy, schmaltzy Christmassiness should you see this. This is like Jack Black School of Rock but 100 times more cringeworthy. I have seen a review describing the film as unwatchable - frankly a pretty accurate description at times! It starts bad and justwhen you think it cannot plumb new depths of abuse of child actors and queasy festivity, it gets soooo much worse. Even after downing a Christmas Dinner and several glasses of wine you will not want to see this! ... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 12:46, 25 December 2012 | Report This Post


One of the worst films i have ever seen!

I loved, loved, loved Nativity so put my reservations aside to go and see this - wish I hadn't! A talmeted cast muggin and gurning for all they are worth tyrying to flog a lame duck of a story into life - excrable! ... More

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Posted by oozeworthypayana at 21:29, 04 December 2012 | Report This Post



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