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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Tooth Fairy

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Tooth Fairy Blu-ray DVD Combo
Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant
Billy Crystal, Julie Andrews
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Fox Home Entertainment 2010
101 minutes

The Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson (otherwise known as The Rock) is a family movie about (as the title clearly suggests) the mythic tooth fairy.  Johnson's character - Derek Thompson - is a minor league hockey player, who has given up on his dream of returning to the big leagues.  He is known as the tooth fairy because of his brutal hits, which often cause his opponents to loose teeth.  He is involved in a relationship with Carley  - convincingly played by Ashley Judd - who already has two children (Tess and Randy).  After telling the younger of the two that there is no real tooth fairy, he receives a summons from Fairy Land, and he must trains as a fairy to eventually serve tooth fairy duty, and that's where the comedy truly begins.

I watched this DVD with the whole family and I have to say that I liked it.  At first, I thought that there would be some clearing up to do at the end- and the story comes dangerously close to being a "spoiler" -, but everything is neatly wrapped up in the end so there are no disappointed children.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy the explanation and characters found in Fairy Land (Julie Andrews is the Head Fairy).

This is a story about more than believing in the tooth fairy, of course.  It has a great message about believing in yourself, and this goes for adults as well as children.   There is also and important message about the importance of encouraging others to believe in their dreams, and how taking the time to support someone in their aspirations is really important.

I was not the only one in my house that liked this family movie.  All four of my kids really enjoyed it (in fact they were asking to watch it again before it was even over!).  They liked it for other reasons...the tour around tooth fairy academy, the guitar drama, and the humour.  Johnson really carries this role off well - flexing his comedic muscles quite well.   My husband liked the film too for all of the above as well as the hockey scenes (although those were a little rough for my liking - and may require a little explanation about moderation).

This is a great DVD for the whole family, which has a couple of really good messages (always a requirement for me!), and something interesting for everyone.

Carolyn Genge

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