Director: Michael Lembeck
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant
Genre: Comedy, Family
Runtime: 101 minutes
When Derek Thompson (Johnson), a hardened hockey player (stuck in the minor leagues after a shoulder injury) tells his girlfriend’s little daughter that there is no such thing as the Tooth Fairy, he receives a shocking surprise: as punishment for his thoughtlessness, the council in the Fairy World has decreed that he take on the role of Tooth Fairy for one week. Any attempts to skirt his duties will only end with more time being tacked onto his sentence. So, dressed in powder-blue satin pajamas and big, fuzzy, fairy wings, Derek has to serve out his sentence AND hide his new “condition” from his girlfriend and teammates. He is accompanied by Tracey (Merchant), his fairy advisor who keeps track of his progress.
This is an adorable movie, and a great film for the entire family. Dwayne Johnson continues to amaze me every time he comes out with another silly children’s movie. I have a lot of respect for a former pro-wrestler who is totally cool with playing silly, possibly emasculating roles for the sake of a comedic children’s film. Also, Stephen Merchant is a delight. This is the first time I’ve seen a film with him in it, and with his considerable height, stick figure build, and large eyes, he’s quite a comedic presence.
For children, this movie provides inspirational lessons, including the importance of following your dreams and never giving up. In addition, it reminds them that anything is possible and that dreams do come true. The feel-good nature of this film will be felt by the whole family.