Dwayne Johnson is the “Tooth Fairy,” also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s dreams, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, Derek “can’t handle the tooth” – bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers’ homes…doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.
Dwayne Johnson really hit a right note when he made “The Game Plan” in 2007. It won the Crystal Dove Award for “Best Comedy of 2007.” And it did well at the box office.
In the beginning, the idea of the tooth fairly seems a bit silly. But soon enough the laughs come and the movie plays to the imagination in a big way. Derek Thompson (Johnson’s character) needs to learn how to control his super-sized ego and how to relate to kids. He dashes one kid’s dream of playing hockey by telling him how stacked the odds are against him and that he would be better off thinking of something else. He also disappoints his girlfriend’s son. The girlfriend is played by Ashley Judd.
As Derek is forced to become a real tooth fairy he learns to appreciate the gift of imagination as some funny and teachable moments ensue, and the story gels nicely from there on. One highlight in the film comes from a hilarious cameo appearance by Billy Crystal. Eventually Derek redeems himself and helps his girlfriend’s son regain his self-confidence. Making positive changes in one’s life as well as encouraging the gift of imagination are two well-presented themes in this entertaining film. We happily award our Dove Family-Approved Seal to “Tooth Fairy.” The Tooth Fairy is the perfect family film.