STUDIO: Phase 4 Films
MSRP: $19.99
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes

The Pitch

A 9 year old and his imaginary friend try to cheer the kid’s dad up around Christmas.

The Humans

Sean Bean, Aaron Johnson and Derek Delint

The Nutshell

Thomas wants to make his dad happy for the holidays. The only problem with that is the father doesn’t want to do anything other than paint pictures of his dead wife. It would be nice if the guy would sell the pictures, but that wouldn’t further the plot. Bills are piling up at home and Thomas isn’t doing well at school. So, he relies on his imaginary friend Tom. They create wonderful scenarios and they dream of running off to the museum. Fun for all ages.

Self-tanning expert.

The Lowdown

Tom & Thomas really hits its stride when you figure out the deal with the boys. Once believed to be imaginary friends, it turns out that there’s a real deal behind their hi-jinks. Tom and Thomas were twins separated at birth, but both remaining in London. Thomas has to deal with his depressive painter dad, while Tom gets the shit beat out of him at an Institution. The two switch places and it’s up to each other to improve their lives.

When things go sour for Thomas at the Institution, the film takes a weird flight of fancy. Child smuggling, abusive authority figures and trips to Africa are put into play. It’s also around the time that I checked out mentally. I was having fun with this weird British kiddie movie until they tried to go all serious on us. It was almost like the BBC gave Joel Surnow too much money to make Lil’ CTU.

Sean Bean is obviously cashing a check, while pouting through a few scenes. Aaron Johnson is pretty impressive in one of his first film roles. Film fans would late come to know him as the vigilante Kick-Ass from the motion picture Kick-Ass. If someone were to ask me to sum up the film, it would basically break down to the following. Tiny British kids imagine terrible worlds, while trying to beat their dreary surroundings. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, then don’t watch this.

The future villains of the world.

The Package

The DVD only comes with a trailer. I’m sure that no British people remember seeing this in their theaters. Obviously, it didn’t get a theatrical run in America. Therefore, all we’ve got left to appraise is the rather lackluster A/V Quality. Couple that with a droll film and you’ve got a film that most won’t rent. Fancy that.

3.0 out of 10