A delightful film about a group of primary school kids putting on the biggest and best nativity there ever was. Mr Maddens has lost his pep and sparkle since his girlfriend left Coventry to go to Hollywood and make it big. He decides to put on the best Nativity ever with the help of teaching assistant Mr Poppy, who is more big kid than teacher. In a fit of jealousy, Mr Maddens tells an old friend, Mr Shakespeare, that Hollywood are coming to see the Nativity and make it into a film. The word gets around and the pressure is on to have to the best show Coventry has seen and to find his girlfriend and get her to see the show.
The children are the best part of the film and come up with brilliant lines and actions. Martin Freeman stars as Mr Maddens along with Jason Watkins, Marc Wootton, Pam Ferris and Alan Carr. There are now three sequels to this film and I will be reviewing Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger on 13th December. 3.5/5.