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Film review: Nativity Rocks!

Good-hearted
silliness:
Rupert Turnbull,
Simon Lipkin
and Brian Bartle

REVIEW

Nativity Rocks! (U)

★★✩✩✩

THE fourth (fourth!) of the British hit Nativity films is the latest in a series whose success is entirely built on providing a ‘kids say the funniest things’ comedy that the whole family can watch over the festive period.

But even by these undemanding standards you feel that Nativity Rocks! is taking the mickey.

The writers have taken a ‘splurge everything against the wall and see what sticks’ approach to a story whose multiple strands involve a little Syrian refugee (Brian Bartle) joining St Bernadette’s primary at the same time as homeless kerrrazy man-child Mr Poppy (Simon Lipkin — miraculously more endearing than irritating).

Both get swept up in preparations for a new rock opera nativity that is being judged by Craig Revel Horwood, in between making unlikely friends with a lonely posh boy (Rupert Turnbull) whose parents are Hugh Dennis and Anna Chancellor.

As the title of Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? suggests, this genre does not take itself too seriously and there are sackloads of good-hearted silliness for all ages. It’s a pity its tone deaf approach to the brutal Syrian conflict strikes a jarring note.

In cinemas nationwide from Friday