Rating Explanation: for mild language, some rude humor and sports action.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Although it's quite predictable, this is still a goofy crowd-pleaser.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Tooth fairy training center; Sing along with "Fairy-oke"
Dwayne Johnson ... Derek
Ashley Judd ... Carly
Stephen Merchant ... Tracy
Seth MacFarlane ... Ziggy
Julie Andrews ... Lily
Chase Ellison ... Randy
The Tooth Fairy
Derek Thompson (former
professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "The Scorpion King") is a nearly washed-up minor-league ice hockey
player, known as “The Tooth Fairy” due to his
ability to wipe out opposing players often resulting in their loss of teeth. But when he scoffs at his girlfriend's daughter for believing in the tooth fairy, he is suddenly, magically taken to Fairyland where he
learns that he must atone for his dream-killing sins by serving as a
tooth fairy for two weeks.
Most of the fun that transpires in this predictible comedy directed by Michael Lembeck ("The Santa Clause 2") comes from scenes where Derek screws up his various attempts
at retrieving teeth from under the pillows of sleeping children. Although Dwayne Johnson has in the past proven to be a very charismatic performer, here unfortunately, his constant mugging quickly wears thin, eliciting few real laughs. However, he still comes out a lot better than Ashley Judd ("Kiss The Girls"), as Derek’s girlfriend Carly, who is absolutely terrible.
Still, there is a colorful supporting cast that includes Billy Crystal ("City Slickers")in a funny cameo as
a character in charge of dispensing the magical
items used for teeth collection, Julie Andrews ("Mary Poppins") as the stern but
fair matriarch of Fairyland and particularly Stephen Merchant ("The Office") as Thompson’s reluctant caseworker. He is so effortlessly funny that when he’s not on screen you are
impatiently waiting for him to reappear. He even makes you you
forget that for the most part Tooth Fairyis really little more than a goofy crowd-pleaser, but that's not so bad.