Tuesday 18th January 2022

Tooth (U)
Directed by: Edouard Nammour
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Harry Enfield hams it up as Plug
Harry Enfield hams it up as Plug

I suppose one of the advantages of being a film critic is that you get to see some films that you might otherwise overlook and there's always the chance you'll uncover a rare gem that deserves to be better recognised than it is. It was with this in mind that I went to see Tooth, reassuring myself that there was every chance it's high quality British cast would deliver a magical children's film.

Tooth is a tooth fairy, who collects children's teeth with a vacuum cleaner and deposits money in return. This is apparently part of a profit-making scheme that allows the Easter Bunny, voiced by English legend Jim Broadbent, to pay for all the children's Christmas presents. Santa and Mrs Claus, it seems, have disappeared and taken their magic with them.

However, when Tooth decides to deposit all the Christmas present money under the pillow of an impoverished girl, she runs the risk of ruining Christmas and has to embark on a journey to find "Mrs C" and get the magic back within thirty-six hours. All the while, she is hunted by Plug (Harry Enfield) who wants to capture an otherworldly creature and become famous.

Rather than being the rare gem I hoped for, this film was more like a children's television program, and I honestly wish it had been serialized, so that I wouldn't have had to sit through it. The discerning viewer might wonder why first time writer/director Edouard Nammour has taken a great British cast, given half of them American accents and set the whole film in America? Or how three children can drive all the way across America and Canada on a lawnmower and a golf buggy in less than 24 hours? Or how a person can walk into the backdoor of a scary storm-lit castle on a hilltop and emerge from the front door of a stately home?

But even with these bizarre points aside, this film has little going for it. The entire cast hams it up outrageously throughout, the screenplay does not flow at all, and the main joke in the film seems to consist of putting people to sleep by talking about carpet. Why don't they make classics anymore, like The Lion King, The Water Babies, Castle In The Sky and The Wizard of Oz? Must we rely on Pixar for all our children's films now?

In fairness, if you have a child that is under eight, this film might keep them entertained for an hour and a half, but I wouldn't put money on it. Perhaps you'd be better off trying the week's other kiddie film, Looney Tunes: Back In Action. I hear it's better than Space Jam...

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Length: 91 minutes
Certificate: U
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Release Date: 13th February 2004

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