Tooth Fairy (2010)

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Fox || PG - 101 minutes - $29.99 || May 4, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-05-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Lembeck
Writer(s): Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel and Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia and Randi Mayem Singer (screenplay), Jim Piddock (story)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd


Theatrical Release Date: January 22, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Do we still call Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “The Rock” anymore? I mean, hasn’t it been established he is a box-office draw and can ditch “The Rock” acronym after so many years? Sorry, small rant out of the way, Tooth Fairy is a light-hearted family comedy that has him taking a different role although one that Vin Diesel took to resurrect his…no wait; his career is still pretty dead isn’t it? Anyways, back to the subject, I enjoyed the film enough to warrant a viewing, so let’s get on with the show.

Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a hockey player with the wrong attitude on life. He’s famously known as “The Tooth Fairy” to his fans but manages to treat everyone of them like dirt after his games and in his real life. He’s currently dating Carly (Ashley Judd) who has two kids: Tess (Destiny Whitlock) and Randy (Chase Ellison). The two are in love despite the fact Thompson is quite the jerk to Randy and doesn’t really take care of Tess while Carly is away. One night Tess loses a tooth and after a confrontation with Thompson he proclaims there is no such thing as the tooth fairy but before he can finish the statement Carly cuts him off and tells him to stop squashing other people’s dreams.

Thompson rushes home to sleep where he’s awakened in the middle of the night with a summons under his pillow to come to fairy land. He brushes off the idea but then magically he’s teleported to fairy land and meets with his caseworker Tracy (Stephen Merchant) who informs him that he’s forced to be a tooth fairy for not believing in the tooth fairy business. He awakes the next morning thinking that the previous night was nothing more than a dream he heads off to his girlfriend’s house to have a fun night with her. Sadly though the night is interrupted by the fact that he grows wings magically and is forced to be an actual tooth fairy and collect the teeth from kid’s pillows in the middle of the night. This is done to not only teach him the tooth fairy is real but also the idea that the way he’s living his life may not be the right way for him to succeed. Can Thompson figure out how to be a tooth fairy or will his wings get clipped?

I must say this is quite a change of pace for Johnson being in this flick. He manages to be the “jerk” that everyone loves to hate and yet we all root for to get better by the end of the movie. His character is phenomenal here and has a bunch of jokes and while some may find them cheesy (Oh yeah!) I found them to be quite entertaining for the most part. Sure, they are lame and odds are mostly kids will find them funny but even as an adult or immature child myself I still found quite a liking to them.

The story is somewhat convoluted and I was disappointed by it. At first this seems more like a hockey flick than a comedy since the casts jokes revolve around the same concept most of the time (faeries, tutus, wings, etc) and the picture does move at quite a slow pace. I understood for the most part what was going on in the movie but the problem is that children may not be so lucky. The pace of the flick causes the movie to somewhat dwindle in entertainment value for the young ones, as though halfway through the movie I forgot that Thompson even played hockey or that he was once a pro. Yes, there is a back story to the character and one that I’m not sure needed to be there. Sure he learns a lesson in the end but one that I really doubt most children will be able to comply with in their minds.

I would say that this is a perfect flick for both kids and adults to enjoy, although I’m betting that the kids will probably find this to be a “slapstick” kind of comedy with some repetitive jokes thrown in for good measure. Oh, I forgot to mention, there’s an awkward cameo from a famous actor (although you know him better for his voices) that falls completely flat. That had me wondering why he agreed to be in the movie for one incredibly unfunny scene.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Tooth Fairy Training Center (21 minutes): This is a feature for kids only, so adults can leave the room and do something else for twenty minutes. The kids can view scenes from the moving and also get some exercise to be a tooth fairy of their own. I’m not sure exactly what the motivation is for this extra but I’m sure some kids somewhere will find this to be fun.

Fairyoke (4 minutes): Derek and Tracy sing a song with the lyrics provided on the sing to sing-a-long to. I found this to be quite entertaining as though Derek is funny attempting to sing the song with some added commentary from the two.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

There really isn’t an extraordinary difference in the high-def version and the DVD version of the film, as though colors are still bland in this edition as they were in the other. The colors just don’t jump out and scream “attractive” like other films I’ve recently seen did, and thus, the film suffers from it. Granted, the flick isn’t one from the beginning that was going to be winning any awards for visual effects but there really are some cool features that would have been much better to view if the visual quality was improved. I noticed way more noticeable amounts of noise and grain here though than the Blu-Ray version and because of this I had to deduct half a point for it.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isn’t that much different either from the HD version, as though the same problems still showcase in both versions. The lack of a consistent audio track is a huge problem here as it was in the Blu-Ray and I struggled to hear the dialogue even more with this one. Plus, the Dolby Digital track is even lighter on the action sequences and surrounds usage that the other has, so fans of the film will probably leave this one disappointed. It baffles me that this track is so light, then heavy, then light again, and so on throughout most of the flick.



.::OVERALL::.

Tooth Fairy is a funny flick that odds are mostly kids will enjoy or the occasional immature adult. The technical package is a slight misstep though and the lack of any real special features makes this a rental at best. Sorry kids but this is one fairy you’ll probably only keep around for the night.