Tooth Fairy Parent Guide
For most family members, "Tooth Fairy" has plenty to applaud.
Parent Movie Review
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Derek Thompson’s (Dwayne Johnson) NHL dream appears to have taken a detour. Bothered by a shoulder injury, he was sent back to the minor leagues where his rough play and bone jarring hits leave other players without their teeth. Nicknamed the Tooth Fairy, Derek isn’t much of a role model in other respects either. After a game, he bluntly discourages a peewee fan from aiming for a future career on ice.
(Unfortunately a lot of hockey parents and young players who think they are on track to be the next Wayne Gretzky could probably benefit from a similar kind of reality check. But in the movies, anything is possible and nobody wants to hear that kind of news.)
For his harsh remarks, Derek receives a summons to appear before a magical court where he is tried for the crime of disseminating disbelief. Testifying before a winged Godmother (Julie Andrews), the dream killer is sentenced to serve time as a tooth fairy and assigned a spindly, 6’ 7" caseworker Tracy (Stephen Merchant) to help him learn his duties. Meanwhile at home, Derek’s girlfriend Cindy (Ashley Judd) is trying to help the left-winger connect with her children Randy (Chase Ellison) and Tess (Destiny Whitlock).
But donning tights and a tunic is a stretch for the athlete who is more comfortable wearing protective pads and pushing players into the boards. Even with the help of an elderly pixie (Billy Crystal) who outfits the reluctant player with shrinking paste, amnesia dust and invisibility spray, Derek struggles to gracefully perform his new responsibilities.
Luckily for viewers, Derek’s punishment eventually has a positive impact on him although some mood swings during his probation period spell trouble on and off the ice as he takes his aggression out on others. Yet he is not the only individual to change for the better. Other characters in the film also experience personal growth and an opportunity to chase their own dreams.
The film also addresses some realistic issues faced by single parent families. Despite Cindy’s hopes for her current relationship, her son Randy isn’t as impressed with Derek as she is. For him, Derek is just one more man parading into their home. Already struggling with the insecurities of adolescence, it will take more than a forced afternoon of guy time to bond with his mom’s brawny boyfriend.
Still for most family members, Tooth Fairy has plenty to applaud. With relatively few content concerns outside of some sports violence, the film portrays positive character development and attitude adjustments along with some jokes that even parents will find amusing. Though few of us will ever achieve all of our aspirations, there is something to be said for pursuing our passions as long as we can.Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release January 22, 2010. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Tooth Fairy rated PG? Tooth Fairy is rated PG by the MPAA for mild language, some rude humor and sports action.
Penalty-earning body checks and other on ice sports action is depicted. Characters verbally taunt and bully one another along with some poking and shoving. A man is shocked with an electrical current, smashed behind a door and later falls from a balcony. A character experiences infrequent moments of peril. The script contains some name-calling, the partial use of an expletive and some brief, mild sexual innuendo. An adult couple kisses.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Tooth Fairy after the break...
Tooth Fairy Parents' Guide
What deal does Randy make with Derek? Why does Randy lie to his mother about Derek? Why is he reluctant to bond with his mom’s boyfriend?
Do you think childhood fantasies about the Tooth Fairy or Santa are important or are they dishonest? What value can these beliefs have?
How do the characters in this story help one another achieve their dreams? How can you encourage other people to achieve their goals?
The most recent home video release of Tooth Fairy movie is May 4, 2010. Here are some details…
Tooth Fairy releases to DVD and Blu-ray on May 4, 2010.
Tooth Fairy flutters onto DVD in widescreen. Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Digital (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The disc offers the following bonus extras:
- Interactive Feature: Tooth Fairy Training Center
- Theatrical Trailer
- Sneak Peeks: Flicka 2, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, andThe Sound of Music.
Tooth Fairy also releases on Blu-ray in a Triple Play Edition. Presented in widescreen, the disc provides audio tracks in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish and French), along with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Extras include all of the above, as well as:
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes (with Optional Introductions).
- Behind the Scenes: With Lem and Jake, Lem and Jake Talk About VFX (Before and After), First Assignment with Storyboards, Wings and Fairy Things (Costume Design), Flights, Tights and Fairy FX, and Creating Fairyland (Production Design).
- Wee Man with Commentary by Director Michael Lembeck and Visual Effects Supervisor Jake Morrison.
-Tooth Traditions Worldwide
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Derek Thompson isn’t the only one to be sentenced by a judge. In Holes, a young man accused of stealing a pair of running shoes is forced to dig holes by his warden. After a brash young lawyer is arrested for drunk driving, he has to do community service by coaching a peewee hockey team in The Mighty Ducks. A judge has to determine if a man claiming to be Kris Kringle is the real thing in Miracle on 34th Street.