|A Parental Review of "The Tooth Fairy" for Concerned Parents:|
The Tooth Fairy is a movie that is heavy on message, and full of silly gags that give it several funny moments. That said, unfortunately they were unable to offset the “does this tutu make my butt look big”, the innumerable displays of (necessary to the character but nausea-inducing) machismo, the downright mean-spiritedness of the main character’s callous interactions with childen, and the hockey slams – oh, the many, many violent hockey slams.
This movie is essentially A Christmas Carol taken to a different paranormal plane, and with different main characaters, but the concept is the same. A mean, short-sighted man is taken out of his comfort zone and forced to confront his mean-spiritedness through an other-worldly experience. In Scrooge’s case it was visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
In The Tooth Fairy‘s Derek Thompson’s case, it is a visit with Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, and a host of others, in tooth fairy land, where Thompson (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is ‘sentenced’ to two weeks tooth fairy duty to help him see the errors of his ways.
And what errors they are: telling children who idolize Thompson’s (somewhat has-been) hockey star status to lower their expectations instead of dreaming big, crushing his love interest’s children by “being honest” about their own dreams, and holding himself back from being the best player he can be.
And speaking of the love interest (Ashley Judd), she is a single parent – but there is no explanation whatsoever – in the entire movie her two children don’t mention their missing father once. Johnson is clearly dating Judd (plenty of kissing going on there), and not a hint of a father or previous husband is in evidence – did Judd get her kids from the baby fairy?
Beyond that, there was an incredible amount of vicious slamming during the many, many hockey scenes. In fact during the opening scene, Johnson slams an opponent right through a glass spectator barrier, and the opponent lands in the crowd in the bleachers, a tooth flying out of his mouth (this idolized behaviour earns Johnson the nickname “The Tooth Fairy” at the opening of the movie).
The scenes where Johnson crushes children’s dreams were heartbreaking to us, as parents, although they may not affect children the same way. That said, if your child still believes in the tooth fairy, despite the movie’s overall premise (that they exist), be prepared to leave the movie with a child who no longer believes.
The Kid Says:
This movie is not good for children below a certain age, especially if they still believe in the tooth fairy.
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