PLOT (spolier alert!!!):
Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a minor league hockey player nicknamed “The Tooth Fairy”, for hitting opposing players so hard that he knocks out their teeth.
One night, Derek steals a dollar from his girlfriend Carly’s (Ashley Judd) six-year-old daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) that had been left for her lost tooth. Later that night, he receives a summons under his pillow. He magically grows wings and is transported to the realm of tooth fairies. There, he meets his case worker, Tracy (Stephen Merchant), and the head fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews). Lily tells Derek that he is a “dream crusher”, due to his unsympathetic dealings with children, and Tess in particular. He is then sentenced to serve two weeks as a tooth fairy. He returns to his bed and wakes up, believing that it was a dream.
That night, Derek slowly realizes it wasn’t a dream after he receives a text message from Tracy for his first appointment. He then meets Jerry (Billy Crystal), who gives him the things he needs for duty, including Shrinking Paste (which shrinks the user down to about six inches in height), Invisible Spray (which makes the user invisible), Amnesia Dust (which makes people forget the past few seconds), Cat Away (a small airhorn designed to scare cats away), and Dog Bark Peppermints (that make people bark like a dog).
The next day, Carly and Tess go to a party, leaving Derek to take care of Carly’s teenage son, Randy (Chase Ellison), who wants to grow up to be a rockstar. Randy dislikes Derek for being similar to his mother’s past boyfriends. Later, Derek defends Randy against a bully and Randy grows to like him.
Derek visits several children and tries his best to become a good tooth fairy, but ends up ultimately causing more harm than good (like when he overuses the Amnesia Dust on a family). Lily states that he is the worst tooth fairy ever and denies him more supplies for the remainder of his sentence. However, he buys some second-hand tooth fairy supplies from another fairy named Ziggy (Seth MacFarlane). When he uses these for his next assignment, they malfunction and he is seen by the child’s mother and arrested. While behind bars, Tracy tells Derek that because of this, his duty is extended to 3 weeks. Soon after, Carly comes to bail him out.
Derek also becomes a better tooth fairy by helping Tracy become an official tooth fairy despite not having any wings.
After Derek attempts to score a goal during a hockey game and misses, Derek’s coach threatens to bench him the next game. That night, frustrated over what happened at the game, Derek tells Randy that he will never become a rockstar, causing Randy to smash his guitar. With her son upset, Carly ends her relationship with Derek. Later, Tracy comes to Derek’s house and announces that he is a tooth fairy in training.
The next game, Derek gets back on the ice and sees Tracy. Tracy, in an attempt to teach Derek the importance of dreams, wants Derek to score a goal—and to go get Tess’ tooth. Derek scores the goal, gets into his tooth fairy costume, and flies away while Tracy spreads Amnesia Dust on the audience, telling them that they should have good luck trying to find their cars.
At Carly’s, Tess sees Derek taking her tooth, but she promises to keep it a secret, and Derek uses his magic wand to grant Randy a new guitar, as an apology. Downstairs, Carly sees him as a tooth fairy, but assumes that he rented a costume for Tess’ sake (which makes Carly forgive him his earlier harshness). He then flies Randy to the talent show, but throws Amnesia Dust on him.
Derek heads back to the fairy realm to give Lily the tooth, and is told that he has been relieved of his fairy duties. Lily throws Amnesia Dust on him, then transports him back to the talent show. There, Randy outperforms everyone and ends up forming a band with other kids in the show. Derek proposes to Carly, and she accepts.
During the credits, Derek is shown playing left wing for the Los Angeles Kings, and when he sees Jerry in the crowd, he doesn’t recognize him. Jerry reports back to Lily—also attending the game—that their secret is safe. Jerry then uses shrinking paste and gets on the puck. He uses Cat Away on the goalie to enable Derek to score a goal.
You know, when I was watching wrestling in the late 90s and early 2000s, I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d ever see The Rock in a pink tutu. I know he did all these family films for his daughter and all, but personally, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I personally think he should get back to doing a few more action flicks for a while, like he did with Faster. Maybe his match with John Cena at Wrestlemania next year, will get the testosterone and adrenaline pumping again.
So, it is apparent that Tooth Fairy stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but what is it about? Well, we have this hockey player, Derek, who is playing in the minors and is apparently a force to be reckoned with. He is such the enforcer that he is constantly knocking teeth out. This is how he got the name “tooth fairy”.
After the game, a kind asks him for his autograph and tells him he’s gonna play in the NHL. This leads Derek to tell him that he has no chance, shattering the poor guy’s dreams and breaking his heart.
Derek is sent to Fairyland where he learns that the punishment for being a dream crusher is to serve time as a tooth fairy, similar to the way people are forced to serve on jury duty.
Hijinks ensue, as expected, then we get a montage and drama that leads to a climactic life changing moment and then the film ends.
I think the biggest problem I have with this film is how fake the wings looked. First off, this is a Disney film, if I’m not mistaken, so you can’t tell me that didn’t have the money to shell out for some decent looking wings. Did they spend the entire budget on The Rock, Billy Crystal, Julie Andrews, and Ashley Judd or something?
Second, while I enjoyed most of the humor here, it did seem to border on repetitious more often than not. Once the joke is used, move on to something else. After it is forgotten, then maybe you could come back to it, like they did with the cat away at the end, but otherwise stop beating a dead horse!
Maybe it was just me, bt it sure seemed like Derek smiled alot. I felt like I was watching a toothpaste commercial. Then again, I guess since this is Tooth Fairy, it wold make sense for him to show off the choppers, I guess.
Some people like films that feature multiple story arcs and such. I’m not one of those persons. The whole subplot dealing with the girlfriend’s son was fine, but when you also throw in the younger hockey phenom and the sudden interest in Tracy getting his wings (which seemed very It’s a Wonderful World, if you ask me), it was just too many things going on at one time and really distracted from the central plot of Derek making a fool of himself as the tooth fairy.
The cast here is ok, but I have to wonder why it is that they all decided they needed to be in this picture.
For instance, Julie Andrews is perfect as the queen fairy (not exactly sure what her title is), but it seemed as if they could have found anyone regal to do that role. now that I think about it, she might very well just be under some kind of Disney contract dating back to her Mary Poppins days.
Ashley Judd seemed to be wasted here. Sure, she beautiful and would be the perfect girlfriend for a professional hockey player, bt her character was nothing more than a couple of lines here and there, wondering what was going on when Derek disappeared.
Billy Crystal may very well have the best role in the film, as he is the one that gives Derek all the fairy supplies so that he can actually be a successful tooth fairy. Well, at least not get caught, anyway. The comedic timing we all know Crystal for is still there and may actually be even better than ever, as he shows here.
So, when this film was first released a few years ago, I figured I’d put in my Netflix queue and eventually get to it. Well, I finally got to it. Was it worth the wait? I won’t say that, but it didn’t disappoint. Of course, I didn’t exactly have high expectations for it, either. Do I recommend this? Well, I suppose if you’re looking for a good family film, then it is worth a viewing, but otherwise it is just one of those films that you see on the shelf, stop for a second, then pass it on by.
3 out of 5 stars