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Tooth Fairy (DVD Review)

27 Apr, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 5/4/10
Box Office $58.9 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for mild language, some rude humor and sports action.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Ryan Sheckler.

With a Cheshire Cat grin and ripped physique, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is pure eye candy. Put him in a pink tutu, ballet shoes and Victoria Secret’s wings, and his crossover appeal has moms swooning and kids in stitches.

That’s pretty much been the premise since The Game Plan in 2007: Casting Johnson in non-threatening family movies as a superhero athlete suddenly thrust into decidedly non-testosterone situations, such as being a tooth fairy.

In Tooth Fairy, Johnson plays a journeyman minor league hockey player known primarily for leveling players and detaching a few opposing molars along the way. He is so embittered by his middling status that autograph signings and chats with his girlfriend’s (Ashley Judd in a most perfunctory role) kids become obnoxious exercises in self-loathing and quashing youthful dreams.

Enter the world of tooth fairies, whose leader, Julie Andrews, assigns Johnson to tooth fairy patrol (and doling out cash) as punishment for “committing first-degree murder of fantasy.”

Billy Crystal appears briefly as a gadget/special potions dispenser, equipping Johnson with a bag of fairy tricks such as toothpaste to make him shrink to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids size and sprays to make him invisible.

Needless to say, not all tricks work on command, leaving Johnson in humorous situations that double as life lessons as well.

The disc comes with a Fairy-oke sing-along and the fun “Tooth Fairy Training Center” interactive mode that offers 14 exercises to keep kids fit. The Blu-ray version also comes with deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and a gag reel.

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