5.0/10
41,618
91 user 119 critic

Tooth Fairy (2010)

Trailer
2:38 | Trailer
A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy.

Director:

Michael Lembeck

Writers:

Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,709 ( 635)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Derek
Ashley Judd ... Carly
Stephen Merchant ... Tracy
Ryan Sheckler ... Mick Donnelly
Seth MacFarlane ... Ziggy
Julie Andrews ... Lily
Chase Ellison ... Randy
Destiny Whitlock ... Tess (as Destiny Grace Whitlock)
Brandon T. Jackson ... Duke
Dan Joffre ... Tooth Fairy #1
Ellie Harvie ... Permit Woman
Barclay Hope ... Coach
Michael Daingerfield ... Announcer
Dale Wolfe ... Color Commentator
Josh Emerson ... Kyle
Edit

Storyline

Derek Thompson (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is "The Tooth Fairy", a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings, and magic wand. At first, Derek "can't handle the tooth" - bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes - doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can't handle the tooth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, some rude humor and sports action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The opposition in the first and last minor league game played wore uniforms that match the color scheme of the 1990s Vancouver Canucks. Their logo says they are the "Woodsmen", but the face in the logo resembles "Johnny Canuck", an original inspiration for the name "Canucks". See more »

Goofs

When Derek is being sworn in as a tooth fairy, his fingers change position when the camera goes between the front shot and back shot. See more »

Quotes

Derek Thompson: Does this tutu make my butt look big?
Lily: Yes.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the first set of ending credits, we see an epilogue of Derek playing hockey in a new team. Lily and Jerry (disguised) are in the audience. In order to take a better look at the game, Jerry shrinks himself and gets on the puck. He uses a cat horn to send the goalie away, and Derek's team wins. See more »


Soundtracks

Lemmy's Blues
Written and Performed by Michael Lembeck
See more »

User Reviews

 
I feel mean being mean about this movie but you gotta do what you gotta do
23 January 2010 | by thesubstreamSee all my reviews

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


44 of 80 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 91 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

20th Century Fox [France]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tooth Fairy See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,010,409, 24 January 2010

Gross USA:

$60,022,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,462,508
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed