The Nativity Story

2006 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Nativity Story

2006 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale of the Nativity from director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen). The film follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village, where they find shelter in an innkeeper's stable and deliver baby Jesus to the world.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be clamoring to see this serious biblical drama. It includes references to stoning, rape, and the slaughter of innocent people. Mary endures whispers and looks from neighbors (she's pregnant but hasn't had sex -- they wonder how this can be). She and Joseph embark on a difficult trip to Bethlehem, enduring thieves, harsh weather, sandstorms, a perilous river crossing, and a run-in with a snake. The takeaway message (for Christians and non-believers alike) is that hope and faith go a long way toward getting you through life's rough patches.

Sexual Content

The story revolves around Mary's "immaculate conception." People react harshly to the idea that Mary may have had sex before marriage (her mother hints at rape). Mary and Elizabeth endure painful labor during childbirth.

Violence

Mary and Joseph endure a harsh trip to Bethlehem, battling sandstorms, treacherous terrain, hunger, thieves, and a snake during a river crossing. Brief scenes of innocents being slaughtered. Mention of Mary being stoned.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

No one believes that Mary didn't have sex, so she has to endure their looks, whispers, and even the threat of stoning. In Bethlehem, the couple is turned away as she's ready to give birth. Mary and Joseph hold fast to their faith during difficult times.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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