Tooth Fairy

30 Mar

Title: Tooth Fairy
Year: 2010
Director: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Randi Mayem Singer, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Brandon T. Jackson, Ryan Sheckler, Stephen Merchant
MPAA Rating: PG, mild language some rude humor and sports action
Runtime: 101 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 4.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%

Dwayne Johnson has become a really reliable guy for Disney, even in this one, which is down-right horrible as far as script and direction go, he still brings a helluva lot of charm to the table, in the end that’s not enough for us the more adult portion of the audience but I do think the portion of the audience that still believes in the tooth fairy will probably enjoy it. And it has Stephen Merchant in it, so that helps.

The film proposes a whole work force of fairies, commanded by Julie Andrews, who sentence Johnson’s character, a hockey player called Derek, to a term in Fairy Land because he nearly killed a child’s illusion on the fairy. Dwayne Johnson, as I said, is a really solid actor for this type of Disney fare, he no great actor, but he’s solid, funny and charming which is all Disney needs to entertain the kids.

But the thing is that I’m kinda getting tired about that being it, mostly because many kiddie films are now at least trying to get in the adult vote as well, and this one just doesn’t, sure, it has Stephen Merchant as I noted before, and he’s nifty as hell, as he always is, but he’s not the main focus of the film. It also has Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal, who are fun, but who don’t really stretch that much into their roles, roles they probably only took for a nice paycheck, nothing wrong with that, just making an observation.

Sure, Tooth Fairy harms no one, and it’s not completely horrible to watch, and I guess some kids will get a kick out of it, but the thing is that it was boring as hell, at least for me, and I’ve had it with dull films so I give this one no letter of recommendation whatsoever and a low grade, which would be a tad lower were it not for Merchant.

Grade: D+

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