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At Theaters: 11/27/2013 On Video: 4/15/2014
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600234
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Langston is a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother who journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs. Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother. Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
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Musical - Despite the title and the Langston Hughes play that inspired it, this film is only in small part a retelling of the Nativity Story with an African-American cast. It is an all-demographic-friendly family holiday musical with a wide age appeal. Fans of Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett will enjoy (especially those of the latter two, who show off their singing voices) though Tyrese Gibson and especially Mary J. Blige and Nas have very small roles. There is some adult subject matter, but on the whole this is appropriate viewing for the entire family.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jacob Latimore VANISHING ON 7TH STREET
Jennifer Hudson INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE, DREAMGIRLS
Forest Whitaker THE BUTLER, THE LAST STAND
Angela Bassett OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THIS MEANS WAR
Tyrese Gibson FAST & FURIOUS 6, TRANSFORMERS
Wri/Dir/Actor: Kasi Lemmons TALK TO ME, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Casting Black Nativity
The Songs
Shooting in Harlem
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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USA Today Full Review
Above Average Anchored by a topnotch ensemble cast, it's toe-tapping holiday fare that's also a potent reminder that family resentments and hardened hearts serve no one.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Above Average These are just the kind of chills that provide the perfect kickoff to a warm holiday season.

NY Post Full Review
Average The adaptation by director Lemmons has lots of singing in a musical mishmash of spirituals, rap and spoken word with occasionally wince-inducing lyrics.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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