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Running Time:
1 hour, 35 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for thematic elements, language, some peril and mild sensuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This wonderfully inventive and intelligent film about two children will happily entertain everyone in the family.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Full-length audio commentary by director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes featurettes.

It seems that England is about to convert to the Euro. So, well-guarded trains are criss-crossing the country taking euros to the banks and British pounds to the incinerators. 8-year-old Damian Cunningham (Alex Etel), sitting in his cardboard hideout by the train tracks, is almost killed by an enormous bag of cash that appears to have fallen from the sky. Damian, who's obsessed with the lives of saints, thinks that the money has come from God and wants to give it to the poor. But we soon learn that the money actually came from a robbery. When Damian tells his materialistic older brother Anthony (Lewis McGibbon) about it, Anthonly tells him they should spend it. But how can an 8 and a 10-year-old hope to spend a quarter of a million? And what will happen when the robbers catch up with them? Newcomer Alex Etel is completely natural and angelic as Damian, and he and Lewis McGibbon as Anthony are totally convincing as brothers. The script beautifully captures the odd, and very funny, things they say and do. Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) has made a 180 degree switch from his former, darker films, with this lovely, refreshingly uncynical, and moving movie, that although it's about faith, doesnít ever preach. Working with cinematographer Anthony Dodd Mantle (28 Days Later, Dogville), Boyle gives the film a vibrant colorful look which contributes to the magical atmosphere, even though it does have some darker moments. The Poor Man (Christopher Fulford), one of the robbers who has come looking for his money, is, shot from Damienís perspective, terrifyingly larger than life. But the film always feels somewhat other-worldly, because although it's supposed to take place in a wintery Christmas season, it's not the gray, blustery England you'd expect. The sky is always a glorious blue, the kidsís school uniforms are cheerful primary colors and the houses colorful and bright. With its vivid energy and heartfwarming outlook, this film is a joy to behold, and suitable for the whole family.

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