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In this contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ acclaimed play, single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson) sends her teenage son Langston (Jacob Latimore) to New York to live with his estranged grandparents, Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Once there, Langston embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this inspiring story of faith, family and forgiveness.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: It's sweetly amiable and solidly performed, but Black Nativity suffers from director Kasi Lemmons' heavy-handed treatment of its celebrated source material.
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Common Sense Says
Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the musical Black Nativity is a modernization of Langston Hughes' 1961 play of the same name with a gospel twist. There's nothing particularly alarming for younger kids, but there are a couple of scenes when a young man has skirmishes with the law (he's mistakenly arrested for pickpocketing when he was just trying to return the wallet) and later tries to rob a pawnshop at gunpoint. Hughes' poetry is recited (or sung) throughout the movie, as are traditional gospel songs. The story of Jesus' birth becomes the driving force for an estranged family's reunion in this holiday musical.
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- Genre:Drama, Family, Comedy
- Release Date:November 27, 2013
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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