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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Lackluster British drama has racism, language, violence.

Movie R 2019 101 minutes
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A grimly interesting story that is sadly reduced to a cliched, tedious movie. Farming portrays the startling impact of a policy that separated the young children of British immigrants from their parents to go and live with foster families. While it was hopefully a cathartic experience for writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to lay bare the horrific treatment he received as a young child and teen, there's so little character development here that his adapted life story quickly delivers little more than a series of depressing set pieces.

In addition to finding out practically nothing about what Enitan internalizes, the ambivalence of his greedy foster mother Ingrid (Kate Beckinsale) is also left unexplored. Instead we get a lot of dull, repetitive violence led by a gang of skinheads that could have been lifted from dozens of other stories. Farming also neglects a far more interesting period of Akinnuoye-Agbaje's biography: his eventual rise to university graduate, model, then an acting career that has produced a series of memorable performances over the past three decades. None of which, sadly, are present here.

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