Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it.Written by
The scenes in which Shane teaches Zoey how to drive pay homage to Vin Diesel's role as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and The Furious (2001). See more »
In the chaos scene, Peter is standing in the fish tank wearing a red cape. In one shot the cape is half out and half in the water, then in the next shot it is all in the water, and in the rest of the shots it is back to half and half. See more »
Boy...this guy Shankman is the luckiest guy in Hollywood. Four hits in a row, despite the fact that he's an utterly incompetent filmmaker. "The Pacifier" is easily the most inept movie I've seen recently. I suppose you can place some of the blame on the script, but I think a better director, with the same material, could have easily come up with something at least fully coherent.
But...it's got a lot of nifty moments, particularly in the second half. Shankman is at least fair at directing actors; his problem is he has no idea how to put a movie together so that it adds up to more than a mishmash of scenes. This is my first experience with "The Vin" and he's just fine with this simple material. The kids are also fine, and I always enjoy Lauren Graham, who really needs to be working more. It's also a pleasure to see Faith Ford again; I hadn't seen her since her "Murphy Brown" days. And I guess Chris Potter is now the guy who gets the call when Mark Harmon's fee would blow the budget.
Nothing any normal adult should choose to see, but if your kids insist, you could do worse than this. Not a whole lot worse, mind you.
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