I have to admit it. I'm old. Really. Maybe I'm closer to my 2nd childhood than I thought but after seeing the previews a couple of years ago I've been trying to find this movie to rent or buy, but no matter where I've gone, the stores have been out of it. Damn disappointing, truth be told!
I've had to be content with watching the previews and trailers over and over and over again, so imagine my delighted surprise when, halleluiah, lo' and behold, 'go tell it on the mountain!', one day I checked Amazon Video on Demand and there it was....THE TOOTH FAIRY!! WOOHOOO!
Now I love Dwayne Johnson, no matter what he does (Game Plan: sweet and funny, Grid Iron Gang: a bittersweet tearjerker from the get-go...Rundown, Walking Tall, Scorpion King or Race to Witch Mountain). But Tooth Fairy...omg! It's hilarious!
Dwayne's character, Derek Thompson, is a rather cynical minor league hockey player with a rep for bashing any opposing team's players so hard that he invariably knocks out a tooth...or teeth, earning him the nickname, "The Tooth Fairy". His cynicism gets him into trouble off the rink, though, when he almost destroys his girlfriend's little daughter's belief in the tooth fairy by stealing the dollar bill her mother left under her pillow and very nearly telling the little girl that the tooth fairy isn't real - of course 'mom' hastily interrupts and saves the day.
Derek is an idol and role model to many little aspiring junior league hockey players...and he has a consistent habit of crushing their dreams with that subconscious bitterness he carries at being dropped from the major league, basically telling them that there will always be someone out there "that's better than you; you'll never make it; just be happy with your mediocre little life" (sic). Quite frankly, Derek is a jerk. A handsome jerk with a beautiful smile but a jerk nonetheless.
One night, Derek finds a summons under his pillow that orders him to appear before the REAL tooth fairy. All of a sudden he "sprouts wings and flies", transported to the magical fairy realm, arriving in a pink tutu and ballerina slippers (REALLY?! "The Rock" in a tutu? PINK, no less?!!)...WHAAAT?
...and from there the movie is just one hilarity after another as he fulfills his two week sentence of having to become a real tooth fairy and pay his debt for being a "dream crusher".
Of course, at first he's miffed at the whole idea but, as is wont with a good movie, the lesson is there to be learned: get off your high horse, humble yourself, look around and help, rather than hinder, the people who look up to him. He slowly opens his eyes to his faults and actually sees the effect he has had on the innocent.
It takes awhile, there are setbacks, but he eventually faces his own disappointments and comes to term with his life. In short, he has an "Ebenezer moment" when he unloads his excess baggage and becomes a great man.
His short career as a real live tooth fairy comes full circle, from rebellion to grudging surrender, to enjoyment and all the way to embracing the magic.
All from starting out in a pink tutu, Dwayne?
That man looks good in anything!