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Rated PG · 93 minutes · 2013

Drama, Musical
It’s never a good sign when the one thing your musical needs less of is musical numbers, but that’s the case with Black Nativity. Director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) grabs Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson to star in an unidentifiably loose adaptation of the Langston Hughes play. Langston (Jacob Latimore)—references to his namesake happen with alarming regularity—is sent by his mother (Hudson) to live with her parents while she deals with being evicted. Her father (Whittaker) is a proud man of the cloth and her mother needs more to do in this screenplay, because she’s played by Angela Bassett. The title Black Nativity refers to an annual Christmas Eve celebration at the reverend’s church, where three generations of family strife ultimately collide. The acting is pretty good, but there are tons of clichés and even though Jennifer Hudson sounds incredible, the songs really don’t stick.
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/blacknativity
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Producer: Celine Rattray, William Horberg, Galt Niederhoffer, Trudie Styler, T.D. Jakes, Joy Goodwin and Derrick Williams
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones, Vondie Hall, Luke James, Grace Gibson, Rotimi, J. McCree, H. Hall, Michael Dale, Doug Willen and Sorika Horng

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Indy Week Chapel Hill's Joy Goodwin discusses producing Black Nativity "It was one of the few shows I've ever seen where I felt like people really loved the show. It wasn't just that they applauded, but there was a real groundswell of affection for that show." by Craig D. Lindsey 12/04/2013
Connect Savannah Review: Black Nativity Hudson’s singing and Whitaker’s acting compensate somewhat for the simplistic storyline, drab camerawork, and amateurish central performance by Latimore. by Matt Brunson 12/11/2013
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Creative Loafing Charlotte Black Nativity loses the faith Rating: ** by Matt Brunson 12/06/2013

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