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Review: Tooth Fairy

23 May 2010 4:01 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Tooth Fairy

Stars: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ashley Judd, Chase Ellison, Destiny Whitlock, Julie Andrews, Stephen Merchant | Written by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel | Directed by Michael Lembeck

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, a slightly past-it ice hockey player whose propensity for knocking out the molars of his opponents on the rink has earned him the nickname of ‘The Tooth Fairy’. He is dating single mum Carly (Ashley Judd), mother to two sprogs, Randy and Tess (Chase Ellison and Destiny Whitlock). When Derek inadvertently crushes the dreams of a young fan and nearly tells Tess that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist he is summoned to the world of fairies and sentenced to two weeks as tooth fairy duty by the fairy’s leader Lily (Mary Poppins herself, Julie Andrews); his punishment is overseen by his care-worker Tracey (Stephen Merchant).

As a kid’s flick, Tooth Fairy is »

- Jack Kirby

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[DVD Review] Tooth Fairy

8 May 2010 10:30 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After The Rundown, I generally tried to give Dwayne Johnson the benefit of the doubt when it came to his future film endeavors. It was clear he had a knack for comedic timing and I was eager to let him prove himself. He still obviously has the potential to be a great comic actor, but his choice of projects since The Rundown don’t exactly instill confidence. Be Cool, Southland Tales, Doom, The Scorpion King, and The Gridiron Gang amounted to little more than disappointments that made me think I’d overestimated Dwayne’s talent from his first major outing. My enthusiasm to see him succeed even led me to offer a soft appraisal of The Game Plan a few years back, but there’s just no excusing Tooth Fairy. It reeks of poorly though out feature with a cast that can’t land parts in films of a higher caliber. »

- Lex Walker

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Tooth Fairy Review

22 January 2010 9:31 AM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Julie Andrews. Julie Andrews. Julie Andrews.

Ok, maybe not, but one of the few local critics who can still tolerate me told me if I said Julie Andrews name three times it would write this review. As easier as that would make life, it’s my duty to prepare the adults out there who will surely be dragged to the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle with their youngsters. Perhaps this will be looked at as a survival guide for said parents, babysitters, or older brothers and/or sisters who’ll be yanked in here on chains. Yet, there is good news on the horizon. Tooth Fairy isn’t the assault of terrible like the trailers want you to believe. Now, that’s not to say the film is anything near decent, but every now and then it allows entertainment to rear its head through, if only for a moment or two at a time. »

- Philip Barrett

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Tooth Fairy

22 January 2010 5:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Tooth Fairy

Directed by: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Seth McFarlane

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: January 22, 2010

Plot: A hockey player (Johnson) known for knocking teeth out of his opponents’ mouths gets sentenced to being an actual tooth fairy for not believing. Now, he’s got to juggle his new responsibilities while trying to impress his girlfriend and her two kids.

Who’S It For? Families. If parents have low-expectations they should be fine, otherwise they can easily sit there and quietly make fun of the film while their kids enjoy.

Expectations: None. I haven’t enjoyed a film that featured a big muscle man with kids (The Pacifier, The Game Plan) since Arnold Schwarzenegger nailed it in Kindergarten Cop.

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Dwayne Johnson as Derek: He’s an arrogant professional hockey player who hands out his autograph »

- Jeff Bayer

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"Tooth Fairy" Movie Review

21 January 2010 12:32 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock, has successfully rebranded himself from a menacing wrestler to a family film star. His new movie, .Tooth Fairy,. curiously imitates the winning formula used in previous family movies starring Johnson such as .The Game Plan. and .Race to Witch Mountain..

That time-tested formula involves Johnson in a fish-out-of-water tale starring likeable child actors and the result is a triumphant box-office return. 20th Century Fox, the studio behind .Tooth Fairy,. is banking on Johnson.s likeability even if it means making the star wear a pink tutu.

Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, a minor-leagued ice-hockey player who.s been nicknamed The Tooth Fairy for his penchant for knocking out his opponents. teeth. Once a major league hockey star, Thompson is now a minor-league toughie as his fans chant .The tooth hurts!. and .You can.t handle the tooth!. Funny right?

Supposedly, Thompson is a »

- Manny

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