There aren’t many films where you could expect to se the glorious pairing of effete wit monger Stephen Fry and arch hard man Vinnie Jones, but this falls into that tiny category. And what’s more, it’s about the tooth fairy!
The first thing to remember is that this is absolutely a kid’s movie so adults shouldn’t go into it expecting anything too highbrow. It stars Harry Enfield as Plug, a gloriously eye rolling performance of a man who is obsessed with catching fairies and unfortunately for our heroine, the tooth fairy herself named…erm..Tooth, (didn’t her parents have ANY imagination?) Plug has her firmly in his sights. Though it’s not really ever explained why! Tooth has been a little bit silly in rebelling against her previously drab life and has given away a massive amount of money to a family who live in a trailer park and are about to lose everything. Well, I say a family, she has actually given it to two kids. Tooth realises that she may well have made a big mistake and tries to get the money beck but the kids have, of course, spent it. It seems like only the rarely seen figure of Mrs Claus (That’s Santa’s wife don’t you know) can help her and keep her wonderfully deranged boss, a giant carrot munching rabbit (voiced by the always wonderful Jim Broadbent) from busting her right down. During the quest, Tooth and the two kids meet an astonishingly imaginative array of characters, from the scary Extractor (Vinnie Jones…you can guess what he does) to a pair of secret fairy godparents, played by the brain wrenching combination of Richard E Grant and Jerry Hall.
Written and directed by Edouard Nammour, making his movie debut, this is a fun filled romp which has more imagination per minute than a lot of films manage in their entire run. Its a little patchy in places and not every performance comes off but nevertheless there are a galaxy of stars on display here, all of them clearly having a whale of a time and their enthusiasm is infectious. Yasmin Paige as Tooth is incredibly endearing and watchable and the movie has a real feel good vibe about it.
Director: Edouard Nammour
Writers: Edouard Nammour, Piers Fletcher (additional material), and 2 more credits »
Stars: Harry Enfield, Vinnie Jones and Stephen Fry
Release Date: 13 February 2004 (UK)