Tooth Fairy (2010)
When minor-league hockey player Derek Thompson -- who has a penchant for knocking out his opponents' teeth every time he plays -- disillusions a fan, he is sentenced to a stint for one week as a bona fide, tutu-clad, real-life tooth fairy. Soon, Derek is inspired to rekindle his youthful dreams.
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There is a lot of people who view this film and try to dumb it down and say how awful the Rock is. Let me say this; a film about morals and dreams is far from dumb. It is fun, light-hearted and has a clear message behind it.Dwayne Johnson is known for his brooding physical prowess and many action style formatted films. Here he portrays Derek Johnson a minor league hockey player known as "The Tooth Fairy" for his heavy hits. Due to an injury he has been remanded to this level. Ashley Judd portrays his girlfriend Carly with 2 kids one who adores him and one who does not. Along the way Derek smashes one of the kids ideas of dreams and fantasy by saying they are not real. As a result he is summoned to Fairyland and has to be remanded to being the REAL tooth fairy until he realizes what he has done.The humor is fun and the light hearted style of the film is brought to life by Johnson and his performance. It's a kids film but with family value. I found it entertaining and well done and give it a well deserved 7 out of 10
Tooth Fairy (2010): Dir: Michael Lembeck / Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal: Moronic family film about a reality check, only its fantasy elements wayward that theme. Frankly, it is the audience whom will receive the biggest reality check when they realize that they spent ten dollars on this tooth decay. Dwayne Johnson plays Derek Thompson, a hockey player called the Tooth Fairy. He is called this because he knocks teeth out of opposing players. When his attitude is reduce to crushing dreams, he is given a summons to become a tooth fairy. Plot is preposterous and structure is repetitious to Thompson receiving inconvenient calls into fairy action and disastrous visitations to retain a tooth. Predictable and boring with director Michael Lembeck doing his best despite the lame special effects. Johnson applies his charm and actually appears to be having fun despite appearing in a tutu. Ashley Judd as his girlfriend is completely wasted. Here is an actress who not long before was a lead player. This is a very bad career move. Stephen Merchant as Thompson's contact Tracy comes off as creepy. He desires to earn wings and become a real tooth fairy. What he really should desire is a new agent. Julie Andrews as the fairy Queen is a nice touch but flat role. Billy Crystal gives Johnson the instructions he needs in order to be an effective tooth fairy. It is unfortunate that he could not gravitate him towards a better script. This is not a film that anyone involved will want mentioned during any career honor broadcast. This cavity laden crap should be pulled from existence. Score: 2 ½ / 10
A hokey star, Derek, or tooth fairy, as it's his nickname, is punished from the fairy world to serve as a real tooth fairy for two weeks, because of his behavior towards dreamers. And so, Derek finds it hard to balance his career, his personal life and his fairy duty. To be honest, I only started watching this film because I was intrigued by Ryan Sheckler, who was surprisingly very good, by the way. Not that I don't like Dwayne Johnson, but the whole concept of the movie seemed a little far fetched. However, it was unexpectedly good. Some parts were too much, like the wings that looked too fake to take them seriously, but Johnson was hilarious and so you can easily overcome the messy sets and the bad acting. And the fact that the movie couldn't overcome the the fact that is was a family comedy and there for all that you expect to happen, like the triumph of the main character and the big declaration of love happens. And so, because of Sheckler (he is really good!) and Johnson, who is not afraid to ridicule himself, I give the movie a 3 out of 10.
While it's better then most family related movies(which isn't a very big compliment), I would have to guess that this movie was done by Dwayne Johnson as a contractual obligation. He did The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain which are also Disney movies so I'm assuming this was just to fulfill a 3 picture deal he had with Disney. While it's still a serviceable movie it's not the genre of movies that Rocky is best equipped at. He's definitely good in movies where he uses his comedy but he also needs to do some action work like how he's now going to be a part of the G.I. Joe and Fast & Furious franchises. I think Dwayne might be wise to try to get a role if they do an Expendables 3 movie. Seeing him on screen with the likes of Stallone, Willis and Arnold would be a nice passing of the torch kind of thing going on.