Starring: Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Ashley Jensen
Directed by: Debbie Isitt
Synopsis: An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play.
A Christmas movie featuring the artist formerly known as ‘Tim from The Office’ but now going by Bilbo Baggins. Freeman does his usual bewildered face, but to good effect in this festive feature.
Freeman plays a teacher who has been tasked with organising the school nativity play. Easy right? Wrong. He not only has to deal with a load of kids (schools huh!) but also the teachers as well, including man child Mr Poppy and rival Gordon Shakespeare.
The movie is fairly fun, totally predictable and almost slightly ‘TV’ because of its low budget and British TV stars, but it just about works and comes together in the end. It wont ever be Love Actually (more about that in the coming days) but it’s a decent little slice of Christmas to get you in the mood. I laughed a few times, although not once at Mr Poppy who just grated on me as much as Jar Jar Binks. I’m sure any kids watching would love his ‘kids TV presenter on speed’ role a delight though, and that is the point. This is a film aimed at kids. And in that regard it works, so I will give this film a