Source: Catholic News Service
Disarming fable about 7-year-old Damian (Alex Etel), enthralled by the lives of the saints, who finds a stash of stolen money and, believing it is from God, tries to do good with it by giving it to the poor with the help of 9-year-old brother Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), all the while keeping it a secret from their widowed father (James Nesbitt), and being hounded by the criminal (Christopher Fulford) who stole the money in the first place. Danny ("Trainspotting") Boyle's quirky little charmer features good performances all around, especially by the adorable Etel, delightful vignettes with the saints, and dramatizes its themes of the corrupting influence of money, faith in people's basic decency, and the need for societal philanthropy, without being heavy-handed, making this ideal entertainment for older adolescents and up. A couple of mildly crude expressions, some intense episodes of menace, a momentary sexual situation, religious stereotyping, slight irreverence, and a brief scene where the brothers look, with boyish curiosity, at a Web site for women's bras on a computer. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.
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