Tooth Fairy follows star hockey player Derek Thompson as he is temporarily transformed into a full-fledged tooth fairy for a week as penalty for discouraging a young fan. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.
This comedy is essentially a goofy premise with some nutty dialog and set pieces pasted onto it. But it's watchably entertaining, even though the filmmakers miss almost every opportunity for sublime absurdity.
Like most family films nowadays, the movie squanders a lot of energy righteously huffing and puffing its message: let kids dream.
January 22, 2010
The one element that lifts this above utter tedium is the presence of Stephen Merchant as tooth-fairy administrator Tracy. That he manages to come away with his dignity intact is testament to his skill as a comedian.