This is one of the cutesy,
family-oriented movies that teach good values like “Don’t give up on
your dreams,” and “The most important thing is being there for your
family.” Yes, the plot is
entirely silly, and so are the comedy-sketch antics of the characters.
It won’t win any Oscars. You’re
not going to get high-quality filmmaking techniques.
But you could do a lot worse.
Dwayne Johnson is Derek, a former NHL
player now on the downside of his career, in the minors, playing the goon.
He’s the big, muscular guy who crashes into opponents to intimidate
them, and is more interested in vicious checks than scoring goals.
He once knocked out an opponent’s tooth, so now he’s know as
“tooth fairy,” a moniker which he wears proudly.
He has a perky girlfriend, Carly
(Ashley Judd) who has a cute little daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) and a
surly teenage son, Randy (Chase Ellison).
Derek’s relationship with Tess is strong---he can mug and joke with
her, and she giggles with him----but the boy seems distant.
Randy is interested in playing guitar, and Derek’s attempts to bond
with him through sports talk and poker games are awkward at best.
Derek is outwardly all smiles, but he
has a darker side: he’s not
happy about being relegated to the minor-league-goon status.
He used to be a star himself, until he got hurt.
The new whiz kid on the team rudely reminds him just how far away he
is from those days. He begins
to tell young fans, as he’s signing autographs, that their dreams of
playing professional sports are probably unrealistic, and they shouldn’t
be wasting their time chasing an unattainable goal.
When he tries telling Tess that there’s no such thing as The Tooth
Fairy---just another waste-of-time dream---he gets a nocturnal visit from:
a real tooth fairy. And
Derek’s punishment for his disbelief is to have to become a tooth fairy
Nice blue tights, Rock.
Nice fluffy wings, too. His
“trainer,” Mick (Ryan Sheckler) introduces him to the Queen of Tooth
Fairies, Lily (Julie Andrews), who personally supervises Derek’s
rehabilitation. If only real
faith were so simple.
We all know what’s going to happen.
The only question is if we enjoy getting there with these characters,
and, mostly, we do. There’s a
little problem with target audience here:
the very young kids still believe in the “real” Tooth Fairy, and
the older ones, well, how many are going to want to see a movie about Tooth
Fairies? But it might be a
harmless outing for elementary-aged children and their parents and/or
grandparents. Just bring the
popcorn and don’t take it too seriously.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace