Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (U)

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Posted: Tue Nov 20 2012

This spectacularly shoddy follow-up to the fairly dismal original replaces Martin Freeman – who has gone on to considerably bigger and hopefully better things – with David Tennant, who looks decidedly miffed to be appearing in a glorified school panto. He plays Donald Peterson, whose stewardship of a rambunctious and weirdly non-age-specific class at a primary school in Coventry is made more difficult by the intrusions of hirsute, worryingly ‘playful’ man-child Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton). But it’s not long before the two join forces to enter a national singing competition, heading off to Wales to sing forgettable, autotuned ballads, emote wildly in caves, chuck kids off mountains and behave in ways that would get any real teacher arrested.
With a plot that feels like it was jotted down on a beer mat, direction straight from the BBC daytime television school of visual splendour and a soundtrack crammed with saccharine festive pop, ‘Nativity 2’ offers roughly as many laughs as the Queen’s speech.
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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Nov 23, 2012

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Debbie Isitt

Screenwriter:

Debbie Isitt

Cast:

David Tennant, Pam Ferris, Joanna Page, Marc Wootton

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naomi smith

i enjoyed it very much its hilarious and want to see a nativity 3,then it will be funnier then ever,kids around the UK love it!

Proper reviewer

many clearly miss the point, do the kids love this - YES THEY DO! It's an absolutely brilliant film that hits the audience it's aimed at brilliantly!

Proper reviewer

many clearly miss the point, do the kids love this - YES THEY DO! It's an absolutely brilliant film that hits the audience it's aimed at brilliantly!

Emily

I went to see this film after recently watching the first Nativity on DVD and have to say that the first film was better however Nativity 2 is a great film - it doesn't have as much comedy as the first Nativity but I thought it was a great film to watch and I really enjoyed it! :)

Emily

I went to see this film after recently watching the first Nativity on DVD and have to say that the first film was better however Nativity 2 is a great film - it doesn't have as much comedy as the first Nativity but I thought it was a great film to watch and I really enjoyed it! :)

Hannah

DO NOT GO TO DIDCOT CINEMA!!!!! I went to this terrible cinema and when enjoying a film I was bitten and scratched in the lower back and buttocks by insects...every time! I beleive these HORRID insects to be human fleas. Please, save yourself a itching red rash and don't EVER go to the Didcot cinema. Thank you for listening to this advice!

Artful Dodger

Loved the first one but this one doesn't really bring anything new. It's o.k. and funny in places and it is what it is a film about school kids doing a nativity kind of thing. My biggest issue was when they said the competition was at a welsh castle and then it was filmed in Warwick castle even though Wales has loads of wonderful castles. That and other visual details let it down for me so a 2.5 rating, the kids will love it, but I wouldn't pick it as a grown up

Mumof3

The awfulness of this film has made me give a review where I usually never bother. Dire! I sat there thinking of all the other things I need to do (Christmas cards, aagh) and would like to do better (cut my toenails). Wished I'd brought the cards & nail scissors to the cinema for entertainment. On the plus side, it enabled me to treat my little ones who (unlike big bro) are too small for The Hobbit, and made family life fair! One star for that.

emilandkatie

its AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. and terrible. also disgusting, beautiful, horrific and delightful. Loved and hated it.

emilandkatie

its AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. and terrible. also disgusting, beautiful, horrific and delightful. Loved and hated it.

TREGGLE2000

it think it was a great film overall but i was a bit dissapointed with the comedy in it because unlike the first one it didn't make me laugh very much at all. I found it hard to sit through all of it but it got 4 stars because mr. poppie saved once again. overall a good film to go and see but i would wait until the dvd reduces.

Rich100

Not sure what people who gave this a good review were watching? I think they have either written a review for the wrong film or were stone drunk while they watched it. Honestly save your money its the worse film I have ever gone to cinema to see!

Georgia Moffett

This film is a really fun festive family treat and David Tennant is as excellent as always! They're already auditioning for Nativity 3 and I can't wait! We loved it and will be buying the DVD too!

Georgia Moffett

This film is a really fun festive family treat and David Tennant is as excellent as always! They're already auditioning for Nativity 3 and I can't wait! We loved it and will be buying the DVD too!

Tim ob

I am in cinema watching this film with 4 teenage daughters and their mates. The only thing keeping me from leaving is curiosity as to whether it can redeem itself in any way. Nope - no redemption. Worst film ever seen. And that includes time I was taken to Police Academy 5. Please avoid this shoddy tripe.

Nicola

Just went to see it with 3 women friends and we laughed til we cried! Just accept it for what it is and enjoy! Brilliant. Happy Xmas everyone

Nicola

Just went to see it with 3 women friends and we laughed til we cried! Just accept it for what it is and enjoy! Brilliant. Happy Xmas everyone

Jean W

What a miserable review! I took my (teenaged) daughters to see it last night and we laughed all the way through it! It's very funny, so get off your high-horse and enjoy it for what it is: a funny, charming Christmas film.

Linda

Having read the reviews before I went I was not expecting to enjoy this, even though it featured one of my favourites, David tenant. Went as a group of primary school staff, and obviously the premise of the film was totally ridiculous and mr poppy was exceptionally annoying, we all did enjoy it. Jessica Hynes gave a very funny performance. The last scene in the stable was over the top and what enormous babies!

Louise

The film is spectacularly awful. I took my two younger sons to see it yesterday, and we couldn't believe how bad it was. The older one said it had destroyed his faith in the ability of humanity to advance.

Ian

I really wanted to like this film, if only to annoy Scrumpyjack, but I couldn't. The simple reasons are as follows. The best bits are the kids who effectively repeat what they did in the first film. The worst bit is Wootton who manages to be both annoying and wooden. Its an ok made for tv family piece of amusement but is a good half an hour too long as it is padded out by long walks through the Welsh countryside and the other acts who fulfill every cliche of twee irish dancing, sweet girls dressed as puddings and a weak Jutin Bieber imitator as well as Tennant's evil twin brothers ubder competitive choir as the other competitors. Tme to call a halt to an unfunny series. Giving it its due it might not be to my taste but others seem to like it as there must have been five times as many people watching it in the same screen at the same time as the Master last week. Not the worst film of the year but a very long way from the best. If you need to take the kids to the movies this weekend see Madagascar. if you have seen that and fancy a christmas film for the kids stay at home and buy Arthur Christmas or a Home Alone movie. One star is all it is really worth.

EFP

The laughs in this film come from the kids' performances for the most part, and many of these are excellent and not remotely polished or 'stage schooled' - they are just genuinely funny. My kids absolutely loved the first Nativity and they loved this - in the same way that my generation loved Bugsy Malone: because you're watching kids performing and you realise that doesn't happen often at the movies. The beauty of Nativities 1 & 2 is that the stars of these films look totally ordinary and essentially are totally ordinary. I like the set up of the private school pitted against the state school. I also like the occasional little 'class' jibes that are left in there and perhaps we could have done with more of those because they are very appealing! They certainly got a huge laugh from the audience. Ultimately, was really great to go and see a home-grown family movie. Personally I hope there's a Nativity 3.

EFP

The laughs in this film come from the kids' performances for the most part, and many of these are excellent and not remotely polished or 'stage schooled' - they are just genuinely funny. My kids absolutely loved the first Nativity and they loved this - in the same way that my generation loved Bugsy Malone: because you're watching kids performing and you realise that doesn't happen often at the movies. The beauty of Nativities 1 & 2 is that the stars of these films look totally ordinary and essentially are totally ordinary. I like the set up of the private school pitted against the state school. I also like the occasional little 'class' jibes that are left in there and perhaps we could have done with more of those because they are very appealing! They certainly got a huge laugh from the audience. Ultimately, was really great to go and see a home-grown family movie. Personally I hope there's a Nativity 3.

SAZ

I was in it. Saw it at the premiere. It's a good festive film and, though it may not appeal to many adults, kids will love it. There were lots of laughs in the cinema, so this should be rated as a family film: not an adult thriller. It's great. I would recommend it to any family.

SAZ

I was in it. Saw it at the premiere. It's a good festive film and, though it may not appeal to many adults, kids will love it. There were lots of laughs in the cinema, so this should be rated as a family film: not an adult thriller. It's great. I would recommend it to any family.

Sarah

I would hazard a guess that your reviewer is not the intended audience for a fun, family orientated film. Bah humbug!

Sarah

I would hazard a guess that your reviewer is not the intended audience for a fun, family orientated film. Bah humbug!

tom huddleston

Alex, I'm not sure why 'family film' should mean we overlook lazy writing and bad filmmaking. If I was paying £40-odd for a family ticket at the pictures I'd demand better than this. But then, I am a chin-stroking, beret-wearing twerp.