Where in God’s green earth did the idea for the movie TOOTH FAIRY gestate from? Furthermore what was The Rock’s agent thinking when he talked his client into signing on to this movie?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Derek Johnson, the star of ice hockey team, The Lansing Ice Wolves. He is dating a single mother (Ashley Judd) and one night he takes his girlfriend’s daughter’s money from the tooth fairy for his poker game. He doesn’t replace it in time and the daughter doubts there is a tooth fairy.
Because his misdeeds, Derek is summoned by the Tooth Fairy Godmother (Julie Andrews) to serve two weeks as a tooth fairy to make up for his misdeeds. If it isn’t embarrassing enough having a hockey player running around house to house in a tutu or satin pajamas, but muscle-bound Derek must learn to believe in magic and fairies.
The movie had five screenwriters including comedy legends Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who wrote for classic television shows like The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. They were also responsible comedy classics like Splash, Spies Like Us, City Slickers, Parenthood and A League of Their Own. Billy Crystal also probably wouldn’t have a career if not for them. No wonder he shows up in this flick.
Unfortunately these legends couldn’t save this script. The movie is all over the place. There is one scene where the Rock confronts a dad after he slips money under his child’s pillow. He says hand over the tooth and intimidates the dad. If they want kids to keep their belief in tooth fairies why show this scene? There must have been another way for Derek to accept his role. There are so many half jokes in this film which is often a sign of multiple writers not gelling on the production.
I am not sure if you remember the Eddie Murphy trainwreck, Imagine That? This movie is similar in tone and focus except this trainwreck is easier to endure.
The Rock returns to action movies next year with FASTER and I hope his return sticks because it’s so frustrating watching him in movies like this, Race to Witch Mountain and The Game Plan. If The Rock has to go back to family movies I hope he considers that long in the making “Power of Shazam” script.
Tooth Fairy is a giant step back for The Rock and I can’t even recommend the movie as a family movie. It is bad as the trailer but believe it or not I had imagined worse.
1.5 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer