If you told me ten years ago that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would sport a pink tutu, and fairy wings I would have called you insane. But that’s exactly what’s happens in Tooth Fairy, a family comedy that stars Johnson as the fabled creature who takes children’s teeth and leaves them money under their pillow. The film is directed by Michael Lembeck and he literally places Johnson in the land of fairies and forces him to act out every children’s fantasy known to man. It may be a joy for the kids but it turns out to be a nightmare for the adults…
- Director: Michael Lembeck
- Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Randi Mayem Singer
- Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Judd, Ryan Sheckler, Billy Crystal, Seth McFarlane
- Music: George S. Clinton
- Director of Photography: David Tattersall, BSC
Tooth Fairy centers on Derek Thompson, an intimidating hockey player known for his ability to knock out his opponents teeth with his deadly charge. He has the ego to match his huge persona and makes sure that everyone around him knows who’s boss. One day he unwisely shatters the dreams of a young fan by telling them they can never grow up to be a success. This causes a domino effect that lands him in Lily’s (Andrews) fairy headquarters. He’s sentenced to two weeks hard time as a tooth fairy, and from that point on cliched laughter and slapstick gags ensue.
- Billy Crystal: The stand up legend was the only actor who had any genuine comedic timing thanks to his background. He only had two scenes in the movie and both of them were the most memorable out of the entire film. He brought the talent, but most importantly he brought the laughs.
- Chase Ellison: The young actor stars as the son of Ashley Judd’s character and has some of the most emotional scenes in the film. He holds his own against someone as physically intimidating as Johnson without breaking a sweat. This kid is one to watch.
- Screenplay: The underlying premise of keeping the faith regardless of your age was great, but the script was filled with cliched dialogue and unoriginal content. Every important scene in the film that showed any type of character growth was ripped from somewhere else, and they weren’t trying to hide it.
- Johnson and Judd’s Chemistry: Watching these two play a couple was truly cringe-worthy. They’re both good looking, and you’d think they’d link up quite nicely but that wasn’t the case. Their intimate scenes appeared forced and unnatural.
- Special Effects: The visuals that were used to show the fairy magic looked very low budget. They didn’t come across as polished or professional, which is sad considering this is a major studio film.
Tooth Fairy is an unoriginal family film that takes an old school lesson and adds nothing new to it. The film is filled with stale humor, bad effects, and with the exception of a few, mediocre acting. It’s not worth your time or money.
Tooth Fairy will be in theaters on Friday, January 22nd