Tooth Fairy (Blu-ray)
Beware the TOOTH FAIRY. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, a cocky hockey player who’s best known as “The Tooth fairy”. His primary skill as a player is slamming opposing teammates so hard he knocks one of their teeth out. Unfortunately he’s too busy being a show off that does less playing and more time in the penalty box.
His secondary skill is squashing the dreams of small children. This is where the plot unfolds. After having a nice dinner with his girlfriend Carly (Ashley Judd) and her two kids from a previous never talked about sperm donor, the little girl indicates that she finally lost one of her teeth. Derek, being the outstanding boyfriend, tells this sweet child that the tooth fairy isn’t real. Carly gets pissed and Derek goes home to sleep in his own bed all alone. Mysteriously he is woken up in the middle of the night to a glowing summons under his pillow that says he must report for mandatory tooth fairy duty. Next thing you know, he’s magically transformed into a pretty little tooth fairy in a pink tutu. Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? I hope not.
The rest of the film is a journey of self-discovery. With the help of his fairy trainer Tracy (Stephen Merchant), Derek must learn to be the best damn tooth fairy in all the land. If not, he might be a fairy forever according to the queen of the fairies, Lily (Julie Andrews). The trouble doesn’t end here! The much younger and faster rookie, Mick Donnelly played by skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, is threatening Derek’s hockey popularity. Either way, it looks like Derek is the one getting jammed here.
Needless to say, the plot is one that we have become all too familiar with. The underlying message is telling us that our kids are growing up too fast and are loosing the one thing that means anything–their imaginations. If they don’t believe, then they can’t achieve. (Yeah, I went there.) There are other movies that demonstrate this point a little better, with a great script. Perhaps watch something like HOOK? I hope that you get that off Netflix instead.
What really bothers me is that Johnson has seen better days. The guy was great in the extremely underrated SOUTHLAND TALES as well as BE COOL, which was sadly a lackluster film. I think that Johnson has more potential, but for whatever reason won’t test it out. There is hope however…Johnson might get back to his ass busting roots in a film titled, FASTER with co-stars like Carla Cugino, Maggie Grace, and Billy Bob Thornton. It may be hard to believe but I once watched wrestling religiously and it was because of The Rock. The guy knows how to entertain a crowd. The only problem is, his powers are used for evil instead of good.
The only thing that kept me happy through the entire viewing was Stephen Merchant and cameos by Billy Crystal and Seth MacFarlane. Merchant is the living embodiment of a cartoon character and his facial expressions alone are worth the time spent on this movie. I might have actually developed a crush on Merchant, who I already knew from one of my favorite new series, THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW as well as for his writing on THE OFFICE and EXTRAS. Crystal’s character is a lot like the one he had in PRINCESS BRIDE, Miracle Max. His jokes may be tired to some, but I still find him delightful. Last but certainly not least, there’s MacFarlane as a shady back alley-peddling fairy. It’s a good WTF moment.
If you have kids, they might enjoy it. That’s actually stretching it quite a bit. The only time you might ever want to experience this film is if the rest of the movies in the world disappear and all you’re left with is this and something from Uwe Boll. What’s the outcome of that decision? Boll loses again.
Video: Video quality is surprisingly good. Then in other instances the editing is a bit off. The kids will never notice. (1.85:1 Widescreen).
Audio: The sound was great. I really didn’t expect this, but they put a lot into the visual and audio for this Blu-ray. (5.1 DTS-HD).
Commentary by Michael Lembeck: Although I highly doubt you’ll watch this film again, the commentary from Lembeck is rather informative and entertaining. I almost fell asleep a few times, but maybe you’ll fair better than myself.
Introduction by Director Michael Lembeck (:22) : Exactly that. For some reason this film needed a short introduction.
Toothfairy Training Center (20:31): I doubt even your kids will enjoy this tooth fairy workout. It’s borderline embarrassing.
Fairyoke (3:50): A very hilarious karaoke jam with Johnson and Merchant singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”. Includes optional introduction by Lembeck. (Seriously? Enough with this guy.)
Gag Reel (2:34): Mostly giggling amongst all the actors. You might occasionally laugh, especially at the interaction between Johnson and Merchant.
Deleted Scenes (11:16): Why they cut these scenes instead of others is beyond me. Also includes more unnecessary commentary from Lembeck, if you so choose.
Behind the Scenes (38:55): Surprise! Another intro is included from Lembeck along with visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (The Lord of the Rings, 300, Speed Racer). I was actually quite interested in this as it went along. The behind the scenes also has accompanied commentary from Lembeck and Morrison who keep it entertaining and educational.
Theatrical Teaser, Flicka 2 sneak peek