Tooth Fairy Michael Lembeck

Tooth Fairy Michael Lembeck
To give credit where it's due, Dwayne (formerly "the Rock") Johnson has serious guts. Best known for manly gigs such as wrestling and a number of passable action-adventure flicks, he's truly stretching his abilities and credibility (read: sticking his neck out) with something as banal and childish as Tooth Fairy. Lest we tear him to shreds though, keep in mind that Johnson is not the first to take such a drastic shift away from the expected, nor should it render him dead and buried in the world of films with substance. Two words: Kindergarten Cop. Still, that 1990 Schwarzenegger flick is Academy Award material in comparison to this. Again, while many will raze Johnson for relegating his career to such distasteful crap, he's actually the only bright spot in an incredibly dull venture. Tough-guy minor league hockey player Derek Thompson (Johnson) is a jerk. Shredding a young fan's hopes, the beast is sentenced to work for a week as a tooth fairy. At first, he is horrific, but eventually, as things get easier, the requisite soft spot opens up and Thompson rediscovers his buried dreams. Cue the vomit. Essentially another Disney-esque morality lesson relying on the dichotomy of context, Tooth Fairy is exactly what anyone would expect: lame, flat and predictable in spite of Johnson's sincere efforts. However, Tooth Fairy does boast some thought put into its minimal extras. "Tooth Fairy Training Camp" is a 20-minute soft exercise program for youth keenly disguised in a fun package, while "Fairyoke" (Johnson helming karaoke in his elfin garb) is pretty darned funny. Still, despite a couple of hearty chuckles in the movie and bonus material, Tooth Fairy is hardly worth the time. For once, a film features truth in advertising: we can't handle the Tooth. Nor would anyone even in the vicinity of puberty want to. (Fox)