Festive family comedy

Primary Teacher Martin Freeman’s big fib about Hollywood interest in his nativity play gives rise to irksome antics rather than hilarity in this stickily festive family-com.

Despite the presence of Brit stalwarts like underused love interest Ashley Jensen, only Marc Wootton’s teaching assistant Mr Poppy gets real laughs out of director Debbie Isitt’s improv methods, and he’s scant compensation for the patchy plotting.

Kids may enjoy the only really fun extra: sing-along numbers from the film’s catchy musical finale.

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