I feel like Scrooge for what I'm going to say, but, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Not only don't waste your money, but don't waste the gas to go to the library or the video store to rent it. Don't waste one of your Netflix Pix on it. And don't even waste your time watching it.
We are talking about the TV movie made back in 1986. The one that bills itself as a "delightful Christmas classic." The acting was sooooo terrible, I just couldn't get past it. Shame on Loretta Swit. All those years with M*A*S*H, I would have thought she might have learned a thing or two. What would really be great would be if someone out in Hollywood would remake this.
From the Box:
"A delightful Christmas story becomes a home video classic your family will treasure forever! Loretta Swit stars in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."Now, with all that being said, I will say this -- and please listen to me -- BUY THE BOOK! Go to WalMart or Amazon.com, Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble and buy the book. The name of the book (which came before the movie) is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. They book is so much better, funny and lighthearted and you can read it to yourself in a couple of hours. Or, better yet, read it to your kidlets over a couple of nights as we head towards Christmas. You really get to know the Herdmans and while it is, after all Christmas with peace on Earth, goodwill toward men, the Herdmans are STILL the Herdmans, rotten as the come. They don't want your charity -- because if you something they want, they'll just take it from you any ways.
"Touching and funny, it's certain to become a classic." -- Tampa Tribune Times
"Children will love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." -- Chicago Tribune
BEWARE THE HERDMANS! They're the nastiest, dirtiest kids you could ever meet ... and they've just decided they belong in this year's pageant. But the town thinks they belong in the care of the local police. When the curtain finally goes up, a miracle begins -- and it all turns into -- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!"
In the past, I have bought this book by the case and gave it as office gifts, teacher gifts, kid gifts, family gifts, Secret Santa gifts, pen friend gifts -- it really is a wonderful story.