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I don't know what the rest of these reviewers were watching but I took
my 11-year-old to see this at the theater; and she used her hard-earned
money to buy it on DVD as soon as it became available.
It's a feel-good story of a jaded and cynical man who realizes that it's okay to dream; it's okay to believe in things you can't see and hope for a better tomorrow. Why on earth is this a bad thing? Sure, parts of the movie rate an 11 out of 10 on the cheese-o-meter but, once again, why is this a bad thing?
No, I don't think that this is a good date movie, or something that a bunch of adults would find entertaining, but when watching it with a group of kids, or just one 11-year-old little girl, it's a winner.
When i first looked at this movie i thought along the same lines as
some of the previous reviews it couldn't mount to anything special,
also wondering why the likes of billy crystal put his name to it. But i
decided that i would test it on my three girls its a great test as one
is three, one seven, and one ten so depending on the movie we tend to
lose them one by one starting with the youngest but to my surprise they
all went the distance and my three year old asked for it again not
twenty mins after it had finished so if you have a mixed age group
wanting to watch it i hope this helps.
The movie itself isn't all that bad it has enough momentum from start to finish to keep you interested from an adults point of view.!!
This is a cute film. I enjoyed it. I think it did what it was supposed to do, it made me laugh and was easy to watch. One of the few bad things I have to say about it is that it's formulaic, a little long and you know what the outcome will be before it gets there. Regardless of that, Dwayne, Julie, Billy and the English fellow do their part to make the film worth while, while Ms. Judd and the child actors make the story come together. There's a fair amount of whimsy and reality which makes it great for children and adults who are children at heart, the little cameo by Seth Macfarlane doesn't hurt either. All it in all it's not the best, but it's not the worst.
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So what are you going to take the kids to see? Legion? This movie was a
delight for kids - we were in a packed theater in San Francisco (well,
actually Daly City), and the room was half-full of very young kids.
Their spontaneous laughter at the slightest nonsense throughout the
film was, in its own way, musical. And these reactions, without any
"potty humor." I had never seen Rock in a movie, and barely knew who he
was. But I do know Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal, and those two are
enough to establish the picture's bona fides as cinema. The movie has
enough site gags and silly talk to keep the kids involved, and enough
in it to let the accompanying adults enjoy the moment too. It was
cartoonish in execution and this without the typical special effects
hammers usually found in fantasy movies. I enjoyed the hockey scenes,
loved that every bad act had a satisfying response.
I do have to laugh at some of the critics who apparently expect Ingmar Bergman touches in all movies, and frown on any non-political movie that doesn't need subtitles (at least to English-speakers). Note to the humorless: this is not high art and was not intended to be. It was a fun and funny send-up of what happens if you let cynicism govern your life and the rewards of reform.
Go! Take the kids!
This is a great family film; it would be very easy to point the low vote finger at this film if i forgot that this is aimed at the Family market. We watched this film with our three children aged from 9 to 16 and they and us enjoyed it very much, especially our 9 year old as he is one of the rare kids nowadays of his age that still believe in tooth fairy's. The Rock (as we know him) is his usual as the troubled sports professional with no family ties and subsequent struggles to deal with the associated responsibilities of relationships with children (not his) from previous marriages, and in the time we live in this situation is one that many parents and children can relate to.
Trying to level any serious criticism at director Michael Lembeck's
Tooth Fairy is like four hardened grizzled WW II vets hand-cranking one
of those rotating anti-aircraft guns with four different barrels
pointing at a bunch of screaming Japanese Zeros around so they can
blast an orange kitten out of a tree. Except the kitten is kind of an
asshole and it's 1956 so we're not actually at war with Japan anymore,
so you know... maybe it's not the worst idea in the world.
Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson plays Derek "the Tooth Fairy" Johnson, the beloved bruising left-winger on the local minor hockey team. He started as a skill player, a dangler, an offensive prospect that had his dreams dashed by a shoulder injury, and he's now happy to play a couple of minutes a night, hammer the opponents' star player, and spend the rest of the game in his custom recliner in the penalty box. He's a cartoon pragmatist, dispensing hard truths about the impossibility of dreams coming true to young hockey players wanting to be just like him.
As a result, he is summoned to Fairyland, and sentenced by head fairy Lily (Julie Andrews) to two weeks' duty as a Tooth Fairy, a real-deal winged creeper with a bat-belt full of spy gadgets and a lanky, awkward case worker with fairy aspirations of his own (Stephen Merchant, co-creator with Ricky Gervais of The Office). Lessons are learned, a whole bunch of obvious groaner gags are hatched, and everything, eventually, from a guitarist kid's fear of failure to a single mom's love to a future hockey star's cockiness and on and on is resolved in a Really Pleasant Way.
It's a kids movie, pure and simple, endlessly saccharine and full of pratfalls, Healthy Moral Lessons and magic fairy dust. It's also incredibly dull, and a massive waste of what's actually a great cast - Merchant is consistently funny and Billy Crystal is in vintage form as Fairyland's gadgetmaster Q equivalent, and Johnson is as charming as ever. Six year old kids will probably laugh their six year old heads off, but the dullness of the script, the predictability of the gags and the moral convenience and simplicity of the story is going to bore anybody not actually invested in the "ok wait is there actually a tooth fairy or not, dad" debate.
You want this film to be better, just because it could have been. It's stuffed full of legitimate talent and it remarkably doesn't feel like a cynical cash-in, it just feels diluted. It is going to accomplish its ostensibly stated goal, entertaining children, but outside of a few laughs here and there it's not going to do much for anyone else. 4/10
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Caught Tooth Fairy with my kid. He liked it but I think I liked it more. The love interest looked like she put a tad bit of weight on in her face but she is so adorable just the same. But the Rock, he kills me, in a good way. Thought he made some nice choices. I mean, I'm a big guy and when he came out in a tutu outfit I found myself laughing out loud. #&*#& Hysterical stuff. My son kept on asking me in the theater why the main kid (the son) was so grumpy the first part of the movie. I told my son that he was mad because he didn't want anyone replacing his dad and stealing his mom away from him, so it was his way of expressing himself. My son's seven, his response was, "He's going to steal her." It was a good clean movie and everyone was great. That tall English guy killed me, too. And great move putting Julie Andrews in the movie. Thought the line when the Rock made the comment about everyone speaking with an English accent was funny. And can't leave out Billy Crystal, guy's a pisser.
Even though it's for kids, this movie turned out much better than I
thought it would. The Rock pulls off the role of the Tooth Fairy quite
well. He plays, Derek Thompson, a hockey player known as the Tooth
Fairy because he knocks a lot of teeth out. He has a girlfriend played
by Ashley Judd, why her I don't know because it is a very minor role,
whom has 2 kids. One night Derek almost slips up and tells the young
daughter there is no tooth fairy. But her mom saves the day. That night
Derek is summoned to fairy land and in a unique way is given things for
fairies to use and trained to fly. I liked this part the best. Billy
Crystal cameos as Jimmy, the fairy whom gives him the shrinking paste,
fairy dust, etc... Amnesia dust is great.
So Derek is sentenced to 2 weeks as a tooth fairy by the head fairy, Julie Andrews. Of course, he learns valuable lessons over this time.
I also liked the parts where he goes into people's homes in various ways. It was funny, we all need invisible spray.
FINAL VERDICT: I liked it and recommend it.
I enjoyed watching "The Rock's" new movie. It is a kids' movie and for
what it strives to be it fully delivers.
Dwayne Johnson plays a veteran hockey player, that was denied his chance with the pro's due to a shoulder injury. This seems to mark his life and makes him shatter dreams. This reason brings him to be judged by faeries and sentenced to tooth fairy duty. The problems and lessons that occur from now on will make him rethink his way of life and put it in order.
Great film for the kids, good film to watch if you are an adult. Recommend it if you want to sit down for a few moments and have a few good laughs.
Dwayne Johnson proves once again, that he is more than just muscles.
And his eyebrow of course. He can jump from action into a kids movie
just like that. Something a few stars in the 80s had big problems with
(at least commercially speaking).
And this movie delivers. It never set out to be, the best movie in the world. It is there to entertain. And entertain it does. The viewing experience get enhanced if you watch it with teenagers or kids. They will just love the movie. And so will you, if you watch it with them.
Of course it is very predicable and it has a few other flaws too. But the charisma of Dwayne, the wit of Merchant and the overall good design of the movie, might make you forget about that. Just relax, sit back and enjoy.
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