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Negativity in 'Tooth Fairy' causes toothache
Jessica Kenyon
Antelope Staff
Photo from Internet
Johnson stars in The Tooth Fairy which hit movie theater screens on Jan. 22.

First off, I can’t believe I used to smell what "The Rock" was cooking.

In his latest film, Dwayne Johnson, a retired professional wrestler also known as "The Rock" flies on the big screen wearing a pink tutu.

The “Tooth Fairy” opens during a minor league professional hockey game with Derek Thompson (played by Johnson) bashing an opposing player so hard his opponent goes flying through the glass screen surrounding the ice rink and loses a tooth. That was how Thompson earned his nickname— he knocked the teeth out of his opponents, and the hockey-crazed audience loved it. From then on, he was known as the Tooth Fairy.

Apparently to become a tooth fairy, you just need to tell a child that tooth fairies don’t exist. At least that’s what Thompson almost said to his girlfriend’s daughter. His punishment was to go home and sleep alone, and later that night he found himself with a summons from the Department of the Dissemination of Disbelief.  There, a sort of executive fairy godmother (Julie Andrews) orders him to serve time as one of her army of tooth fairies. Thompson got to try all the fairy gadgets that help them gather teeth and leave money underneath the pillows undetected. Some of these gadgets allowed Thompson to become invisible, shrink down to about two inches tall and erase the last few seconds of people’s minds.

But instead of embracing the tooth fairy job, Thompson wandered through the movie with a bad attitude.

This reviewer probably wouldn’t be taking her nephew or little cousins to this movie, unless they begged. For children the PG movie about The Rock as a tooth fairy may seem cute and funny, but to me the movie put off a negative tone: slashing the dreams of young kids, telling them dreams don’t come true and asking them to lower their standards. I would not recommend this as a motivational movie.

Although the movie does come down to the cynical Rock learning to believe— in fairies, in himself and in the power of dreams— I still don’t believe the movie was suited for children. I’m sure many kids loved the movie (as I could tell from their laughter throughout the film). But watching a whole movie with Johnson trying to finish his tooth fairy sentence with no concern for breaking the tooth fairy laws and listening to Johnson repeatedly state that dreams are unreal became a bore (for me).

If the last 15 minutes of the movie, when Johnson started to believe and provide support to kids’ dreams, wouldn’t have been added, the movie would have been a complete waste of time. At least during those few minutes, Johnson resonated a positive attitude.


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