Cinema: Children, Seen & Heard

In British movies, moppets are often nice and polite; in U.S. films, they can be nice and bratty. Current examples:

A Kid for Two Farthings (London Films; Lopert) stars six-year-old Jonathan Ashmore in a brightly colored fairy tale staffed with a prince and princess charming, a wise old man, an enchanted animal and a fearsome ogre. Its flavor is perhaps too sweet: even the ogre lives happily ever after.

Master Ashmore scurries like quicksilver through London's teeming East End, dodging under pushcarts, chasing pigeons, peering into a basement gymnasium, popping up beside adults just as they give voice to their vain hopes for...

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