While I thought "The Rock" would become the next action star ("The Rundown", "The Scorpion King"), somewhere along the line the actor made the decision to head into family films instead, with the trio of "Race to Witch Mountain", "The Game Plan" and now, "The Tooth Fairy".
"Tooth" (which managed to take 5 credited screenwriters) stars The Rock (who is now credited as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) as Derek Thompson, a minor league hockey player known for his brute force playing style - brute enough to earn him the nickname, "The Tooth Fairy" for all the teeth he's caused other players to lose.
After nearly ruining the reality of the tooth fairy for a 6-year-old who was wondering where the money for her lost tooth is (the kid was kid of being a brat, demanding her dollar), he soon after finds himself yanked up into tooth fairy land, forced to work as a tooth fairy (there are actually tons of them, all watched over by the head fairy, played by Julie Andrews) for two weeks - and more if he screws it up.
The picture's best scenes are in fairyland, where Derek is guided by a worker (Stephen Merchant, of the BBC "Office") and a fairy warehouse employee (Billy Crystal.) Crystal and Merchant are terrific and The Rock plays off against them reasonably well. This isn't great material, but The Rock and the supporting cast do what they can with it - the only one stuck in a thankless task is Ashley Judd, who gets the generic girlfriend role.
While The Rock certainly still seems suited for the action genre, he's surprisingly good in these sorts of kids features - his ability to not take the material entirely seriously adds to the humor and yet, on the other side of the table, he actually manages to be believably sincere during the emotional moments. Merchant is a spot-on casting choice, too - I'd like to see these two paired in another movie together.
Again, this isn't great material, but - not really expecting anything going in - I found it to be a watchable and occasionally amusing (surprisingly, without bathroom humor aside from one minor gag) family film, largely thanks to a good cast.
A DVD edition and Digital Copy edition are available on the second and third discs in this set.
VIDEO: "Tooth Fairy" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.85:1 (1080p/AVC). The results are very nice, but not quite noteworthy in any way. Sharpness and detail are a bit above-average, as while the presentation never appeared soft, clarity never quite impressed.
The presentation did show a few minor concerns, as well - a few slight hints of edge enhancement were spotted, as well as a couple of traces of artifacting. On a positive note, the print used looked crisp and clean. Colors looked warm and bright, with nice saturation and no smearing.
SOUND: The film is presented in DTS-HD 5.1. The film's sound design is generally restrained, although there are occasional moments where the rear speakers provide some minor sound effects and ambience (such as the hockey game sequences.) Otherwise, the majority of the rest of the presentation is dialogue-driven, with limited activity. Audio quality is quite nice, with clear dialogue and no distortion or other faults.
EXTRAS: Audio commentary from director Michael Lembeck, "Fairy-Oke", amusing gag reel, deleted scenes and "Behind the Scenes" featurette and "Tooth Fairy Training Center".
Final Thoughts: While I didn't expect much, "The Tooth Fairy" actually remained watchable and occasionally funny, thanks to fine performances. The Blu-Ray presentation provides good audio/video quality, as well as a handful of extras.
The Film B-