Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues to mine the kid-friendly project pool with this lightweight pitch about an arrogant aging hockey star, busted into the ranks of the tooth fairies (since Santa’s been abused, it would seem the Easter Bunny might be next).
After the mind-bending indie psychosis of Southland Tales, I fully expected Johnson to retreat to an easy Hollywood vehicle, but I assumed he would target more adult broad comedy.
The Tooth Fairy, despite its somewhat infantile sense of magic and imagination, mines similar territory as The Game Plan, another Johnson sports-themed family-friendly project.
While such efforts may be necessary at the start of one’s career — especially for a performer like Johnson, who as part of his transition from the world of wrestling displayed charismatic appeal across all demographics — if the desire is to earn more challenging roles and critical acclaim, there’s a need to join the ranks of the grown ups. It seems as though that he’s eager to duke it out against Ice Cube and Eddie Murphy for the squandered credibility crown. Grade: D-
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