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Overall A-

When they receive an eviction notice, a single mom (Jennifer Hudson) sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to spend Christmas with his estranged grandparents (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett). There the African-American youth has an unusual religious experience that helps him see his personal experiences differently.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity B
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation.

Talk to your kids about…

Black Nativity

Who is Langston Hughes? Why do you think Naima named her son after him? (Did you know this movie is inspired by a musical that written by the African-American author and poet?)

After fifteen years of trying to provide for her son, why does Naima decide to send the boy to her parents? What concerns, other than financial ones, does she allude to? What does she mean when she talks about role models? How does her decision reflect her feeling that love is all she has left to give her child?

Grandpa Cobbs says he displays African-American art in his home as a reminder of who they are and where they came from. Why is this memory so important to him?

When Langston asks his grandfather what kind of a parent he was, the old man replies that he was, “the broken-hearted kind.” Why is his sorrow not apparent to his grandson? What masks his grief? What other methods do the various characters in this movie use to cope with their disappointments?

How are the characters affected by their Christian faith? How does religion help some to find answers, while others only find more questions? How are attitudes of forgiveness/revenge and humility/pride depicted in the story?