A quirky, fun and ultimately very moving `family' film (although way more grown up than that tag usually implies).
Two young brothers from a working class Irish family find a bag of cash. One wants to spend it, invest it, use it, but the other feels compelled to follow the lead of the saints and give it to the poor.
A film with a lovely sense of humor, of family and of the way a kid sees the world. It has a few sticky-sweet moments, but they're much more than made up for by the very real moments of tension, humanity, loss, humor and emotion, Terrific performances all around, and given high energy by the always entertaining, wildly talented Danny Boyle. A film with the true spirit of Christmas, even if it's not a 'Christmas film'.
I'd avoid the 'full-screen edition', for the wide screen. The photography is good and deserves to be seen in the aspect ratio it was shot in.