A Kid For Two Farthings Movie Review

What's a farthing? Well in old Britain, it was a quarter of a penny. Not a hell of a lot.

What's a kid? Well in this case, it's a baby goat with a misshapen horn... and our little hero Joe (Jonathan Ashmore, in his sole film role) thinks that kid's a unicorn. Or as he screeches endlessly, "A you-neeeee-corn!!!!"

Emphasis on the corn... as Joe scrapes up the two farthings (the movie is set in a London ghetto) and buys the goat, then starts wishing for countless things, a few of which seem to come true thanks to the youneeeeecorn's powers. He wants to go on a trip to the park. His mom takes him on a trip to the dentist. Well, half-true, he figures. In the end, he wishes for the local honey Sonia to get an engagement ring and for her boyfriend to beat Primo Carnera in a wrestling match. Did I mention there's a magic goat in this movie?

Folks, it doesn't get much weirder than this, and one has to wonder if David Lynch tried making a family film if it wouldn't come out a bit like this one. It's mostly harmless and very encouraging of fantasy in youth. That Ashmore though is quite the shrieker. If you don't already have kids -- er, children -- his constant yelling isn't going to make you want to run off for fertility treatments. And if you do have kids, rest assured they'll be bored silly by the movie.

Comments

A Kid For Two Farthings Rating

" OK "

Rating: NR, 1955

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Biggest Movie of 2014. Can 'Interstellar' Beat It?

Marvel's giant summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is officially the biggest...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Biggest Movie of 2014. Can 'Interstellar' Beat It?

Al Pacino in Oscars Hunt After Stunning Venice Film Festival with 'Manglehorn'

Al Pacino, now 74, has nothing left to prove in the acting word. He has an Oscar, four...

Al Pacino in Oscars Hunt After Stunning Venice Film Festival with 'Manglehorn'

New York's Electric Zoo Cancelled Over "Extreme Weather"

New York's Electric Zoo music festival has been cancelled for the second time in...

New York's Electric Zoo Cancelled Over

Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) [Live]

Ahead of their recently announced sixth studio album, Fall Out Boy have released a...

Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) [Live] Video

Nude Pictures of Jennifer Lawrence Leak, But Hacker Is On Borrowed Time

Hundreds of explicit images of celebrities including nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence...

Nude Pictures of Jennifer Lawrence Leak, But Hacker Is On Borrowed Time

Owl City - This Isn't The End Video

The video for the Owl City song, 'This Isn't The End' has been released. The...

Owl City - This Isn't The End Video

The Bug - Angels & Devils Album Review

The Bug, Kevin Martin, may only just be releasing his fourth album under that name in seventeen years but he has hardly been...

The Bug - Angels & Devils Album Review

Stunning 'Foxcatcher' Leaves Eerie Mark on Telluride Film Festival

Bennett Miller's intense drama Foxcatcher - which previously scored five-star review at the...

Stunning 'Foxcatcher' Leaves Eerie Mark on Telluride Film Festival

"Supreme Mediocrity": Will Self Describes George Orwell as "Plain Wrong"

Will Self has delivered a scathing attack on George Orwell, describing the writer - one...

Advertisement