Directed by Edouard Nammour, starring Yasmin Paige, Rory Copus, Maisie Preston, Harry Enfield, Sally Phillips, Tim Dutton, Phyllida Law, Vinnie Jones, Stephen Fry, Richard E Grant, Jerry Hall and Jim Broadbent.

Maybe the time has come for a film about tooth fairies - but this is not it. A tedious children's adventure about the loss of magic in fairyland (here named Fairytopia), it's a shame that any spark of enchantment is also missing from 'Tooth'. First-time director/writer Edouard Nammour's ideas are certainly original but, in bringing them to the big screen, he fails to invest them with any slight degree of charm. 

In the world created by Nammour, tooth collecting is still done by fairies but, in the absence of their magical powers, it's more of a reverse burglary job than simply flying in on azure wings and secreting a coin under the appropriate child's pillow. This all changes one night when a rebellious young fairy named Tooth (Paige) gives a struggling family - Tom (Copus), his little sister Tolly (Preston), mom and dad (Phillips and Dutton) - more than the normal coinage. While the kids live it up in the shops, Fairytopia is thrown into disarray; without the money, there'll be no presents for Christmas. Tooth, enlisting the help of Tom and Tolly, has to recover it - but a mission like that is never as straightforward as you might hope.

And hope for a simple resolution you will, if you have to sit through this confused, mixed up and inconsistent film. Even a small child will wonder why 'Tooth' pretends that it is set in the US when it's very obviously shot in Britain, with a mainly English cast. Harry Enfield camps it up as evil fairy hunter Plug. Vinnie Jones cameos in an exceedingly wet role as The Extractor and Richard E Grant is teamed up with one of the few Americans in sight - Jerry Hall - as a bizarre pair of ex-fairygodparents turned golf pros. Stephen Fry also makes an appearance as a male nurse who tucks Mrs Claus (yes, that's THE Mrs Claus) in bed at night. Believe me, you don't really want to try figuring it out. And that's before there's any mention of Tooth's giant rabbit boss (voiced by Jim Broadbent).

With pantomime performances from all, an ill-conceived script and lack of coherent direction from Nammour, 'Tooth' feels - and looks - cheap. This might be better than a trip to the dentist, but only just.

Caroline Hennessy