The Tooth Fairy movie has one major theme. Allow young ones to follow their dreams. Which is just fine, if they didn’t make this idea into a 101 minute uneventful movie. A simple commercial with Dwayne Johnson would have sufficed. There’s no way one can justify putting their children through this misery. Allow them to follow their dreams, but do not allow them to see this movie. They may never believe in going to the movie theater again.
We start off with a popular minor-league hockey player named Derek (Dwayne Johnson). His fans call him the Tooth Fairy, for he’s knocks out opposing players teeth while playing the physical sport. When he’s not on the ice, Derek spends time with his girlfriend Carly (Ashley Judd), and her two kids Randy (Chase Ellison) and Tess (Destiny Whitlock). Derek is a straight-shooter and doesn’t believe in “misleading” kids to think that all their dreams will come true. When Tess loses her first tooth, she’s all excited about the Tooth Fairy coming to see her that night. Derek attempts to reveal the truth about the Tooth Fairy and he gets into more trouble than he realizes.
Derek is now in Tooth Fairy land, and his punishment is to become a Tooth Fairy for two weeks. This decision was handed down by head Tooth Fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews) and will be enforced by the nerd-like Tracy (Stephen Merchant). Derek can’t believe this and doesn’t take his punishment seriously. How Derek handles this task will determine what direction he’ll go in life.
Realistically, Dwayne Johnson better start finding a new direction, cause the scripts he chooses are getting worse every time. The flick had just a few quick positive elements. One is the above mentioned theme, which only gets flushed out toward the end. Two, Billy Crystal makes a cameo and adds energy for a few moments to the boring screenplay. Finally, all the actors at least put some effort into their elementary roles. Especially Stephen Merchant. Before one says, “this is a kid’s movie and I don’t get it”…trust me. The Spy Next Door looks really good next to this.
Understanding the genre is a key aspect all critics have to keep in mind. So understand this, your children will be staring at the screen wondering why you hate them. Just sit them down and support their young ambitious dreams, even though yours may have not come true. Now back to the dissecting of this flick.
Some of the effects are decent but it’s something that everyone has seen before. Again, one has to appreciate the effort that most of the cast put into this. If it wasn’t for the hockey footage, this flick could have been rated G. However, the childish dialogue is just embarrassing to hear. Overall, Tooth Fairy is a thunderous dud for the genre. This is the one time every parent should lie to their kids. Tell them that the Tooth Fairy movie is not playing in your area.