Don't Mess With The Tooth Fairy!
"You want the tooth!?! Well you can't handle the tooth, and that's the whole tooth! Nothing but the tooth, so help me the tooth fairy!" Sorry, I couldn't resist, as Dwayne Johnson has a tendency to use the whole "tooth" and "fairy" puns a bit excessively in the beginning of the movie, so I thought that remark was appropriate. Unless you've been living in a cave or you just missed all the trailers for this film, then everyone should already know what the movie is about. As the trailers alone pretty much sum up the entire plot for this movie. However, for those who haven't seen any of the trailers, the film is about a minor league hockey player, Derek Thompson (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), who had the misfortune of injuring his shoulder in the big leagues (assuming he's referring to the NHL). Thus, his career hasn't been the same since. The minor league team he plays for uses him primarily as an enforcer and nothing more. Never scoring a goal again for nine years since his injury, as he now relishes in his new reputation of knocking out the opponent's teeth. Hence, why he's earned the nickname, "The Tooth Fairy", on the ice. Gee, if that's not a royal shock.
Like all family comedies that involve magical fairy tale elements, all the characters are typically one dimensional and predictable to boot. You have your typical teenage son, who hates Derek as he's a bit of an loner and outcast, who has a lot of self esteem and father issues. Since by his own admission every boyfriend his mom ever dated, only tried to be his friend just to score more points with her. Therefore, let's just say he has an extremely hard time believing Derek is any different.....at least at first. After all, it wouldn't be family film if they didn't somehow allow the two of them become close at some point, in the movie. You have a happy go lucky six year old daughter who still believes in all that fairy tale jazz. Of course, you even have a "Ms. Perfect" all supportive, all wise, and always care free mom, Carly (Ashley Judd), who can do no wrong in this movie. A cocky know it all fairy, who's a bit of a jerk to Derek, but they soon learn to become friends despite their rivalry from the beginning. As it turns out, he's not a jerkish fairy. No, just one that wishes he could be a tooth fairy, but he's stuck behind a desk because he was under the misfortune of being born with no wings. However, wait a minute. Then how can Derek become a tooth fairy then? The last time I checked, it was biologically impossible for human beings to be born with wings. But the tooth fairies are able to magically give Derek wings yet not one of their own? Gee, sounds like pretty messed up logic to me. That or the writers for this film, were bunch of idiots.
I know by now, many people reading this will probably wonder exactly how did Derek get himself into such a predicament. Well the answer is fairly simple. You see Carly's daughter, loses a tooth and places it under her pillow as she sleeps; believing that the magical tooth fairy will exchange it for a few extra bucks. Unfortunately for Carly's daughter, her mom has to go away to work and have Derek watch over her. Seeing as how Derek invites his team mates to play poker, and he happens to run out of funds. That is until he decides to steal....I mean....borrow the money Carly conveniently placed under her daughter's pillow as she sleeps. Luckily for him, he wins the poker game and a lot of money too, but that's not the end of the story. For you see when Carly does get home to see her daughter, she wakes up worried as she finds her tooth gone....and no money for it. Being asked to stall while Carly accidentally pretends to find the alleged lost money that the tooth fairy left, Derek panics as he conveniently can't think of anything to say to distract her long enough. Therefore, he almost does the unthinkable. Dare I even say it, he commits the worst crime any man could commit in a family movie; tell a child there is no such thing as a.......tooth fairy. Luckily, Carly is able to miraculously reconfirm her daughter's beliefs, but that won't get Derek off the hook for his crime.
Needless to say, this gets Derek into a whole heap trouble as he gets summoned to serve as a tooth fairy, for an entire......two weeks. Oh dear lord, when will this madness end? First a man dares to ruin a child's dream of a tooth fairy, by telling her they don't exist. Now, he has to face the punishment of being a tooth fairy for two whole weeks. Oh the humanity of it all. In case anyone can't tell, I'm being very sarcastic. As I find the entire story and concept to be pure fictitious nonsense that makes little to no sense. First of all, if you tell a kid there is no such thing as a tooth fairy, you automatically get punished to serve as one? Gee, I wonder what happens if you were to tell a kid there is no such thing as an Easter Bunny or Santa Clause, then would I have to serve as one of them for a week? I hope not, as I think I would look terrible in long ears and a fluffy cotton tail, nor would I look that great as a guy in a Santa outfit. However, it's a family film based in fairy tale lore similar to Disney's film, "The Santa Clause", so what can you honestly expect?
Of course, the story is going to come off making little sense, and very predictable. And most certainly, every main character will come out learning some viable lesson in the end about life. Giving off that feel good Hollywood magic, that most family films love to make money off of.
However, as much as I've slandered this film thus far, that's not to say there isn't anything redeeming about it. As the film does have it's comical moments whenever Derek fights with his cocky fairy case worker, Tracy (Stephen Merchant), the fairy born of no wings. In fact, I often found myself unable to stop chuckling at some of their back and forth banter. Like the one scene when Derek first shrinks himself, and Tracy uses it as opportunity to physically bully Derek, will make anyone laugh out loud about it. Or the scene when Derek decides to go gung ho and not even bother with the whole stealth thing, and gets crazy with the amnesia dust. It's scenes like this that make the film watchable.
Plus, I'll admit it, I actually like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as an actor. I really do. In fact, I think he has a lot of untapped potential. The only problem? He never seems to land any good parts to allow the world to see him as the next action/comedy star he was born to play. Sure, his character is cliched, as he plays a man that doesn't believe in dreams and happens to be a pessimist, since his shoulder injury. However, at least they made his character still likable enough to where, he can easily redeem himself in the end. Besides, it wouldn't be much of a family film if the main protagonist couldn't redeem himself and learn a viable lesson, in the process.
Overall, "Tooth Fairy" is exactly what you would expect. It's a decent family film that's good for a few laughs, and offers an easy to follow plot structure, so younger viewers can enjoy it. Having said that, I wouldn't expect too much out of it though. It may not be the best family film out there, but it's a heck of a lot better than "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." Where that film was absolute garbage, and I couldn't help but feel dumber for watching it. However, at least with "Tooth Fairy", the humor and acting is decent enough to where you won't feel like a complete moron for seeing it. Therefore, for all you parents out there wanting to take your kiddies to the multiplexes again, then you can rest assured "Tooth Fairy" will be a decent film for everyone to enjoy. Unlike "Alvin and the Chipmunks" or "Care Bears: The Movie", you won't have to fake laugh at the jokes. As the humor content is suitable enough for all ages. Definitely a decent family film that the entire clan can enjoy.