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Movie Review: Millions

Alternate Title: Faith, Hope and Charity

Story: Pennies from heaven. Or should I say a large sack of cash comes hurtling into 7 year old Damian's life and he assumes it is a gift from God. Damian is not like most of the other kids in his working class Manchester England town who obsess over their wildly popular sports team, Manchester United. Instead of sports heroes, Damian knows all of the Saints (their dates of birth and death), has regular conversations with them and they seem to guide him through his young life (since his mother died).

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) takes a 180 degree turn in the theme of his latest film. It is fanciful, heartwarming and has a PG rating. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People).

The film captures the innocence of youth and the imagination of a loving child. Damian's slightly older brother has already been tainted by the lure of what money can buy and rather than give the money to the poor (which is not as easy a task as Damian soon learns) his brother wants to buy stuff.

In the end this film is about love, family, faith and the fact that we all (should) learn that money cannot buy happiness (but it sure does buy one a lot of stuff).

Acting: Little Alex Etal as Damian is simply adorable. His freckled face, warm smile and big heart will capture your fancy from first glance. Lewis McGibbon as his older brother nails the street savvy big brother routine.

Predilection: I went to this film on St. Patrick's Day because I thought it was an Irish film and I tend to like all things Irish. It turned out to be an English film and that was just fine as well (but definitely not the same thing).

Critters: Surprisingly, none.

Food: No time to eat when you are trying to spend 229,000 pounds.

Blatant Product Placement: The Euro

Soundtrack: Fun

Theater Audience: Everyone must have been at the St. Patrick's Day parade because I was all alone in the theater.

Visual Art: Some fanciful and entertaining digital visuals (a la Amelie).

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 1

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: You would have to have a heart of stone not to well up a bit at the end.

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: No nits to pick -- the kid was too darn cute.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. Check out http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm for information on 4, 930 saints.

Length: One hour and 40 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 7