|Directed by||Michael Lembeck|
|Produced by||Jim Piddock
|Written by||Lowell Ganz
Randi Mayem Singer
Brandon T. Jackson
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
|Editing by||David Finfer|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||January 15, 2010
January 22, 2010
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Gross revenue||$94,843,658 |
Tooth Fairy is a 2010 comedy fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson as the title character, Ashley Judd, and Julie Andrews. It was produced by Walden Media and released by 20th Century Fox on January 22, 2010.
Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a minor league hockey player nicknamed "The Tooth Fairy" for hitting opposing players so hard that he knocks out their teeth. One night, he steals a dollar from his girlfriend Carly's (Ashley Judd) 6-year-old daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) that had been left for her lost tooth. Later that night, he receives a summons under his pillow. He magically grows wings and is transported to the realm of tooth fairies. There, he meets his case worker, Tracy (Stephen Merchant), and the head fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews). Lily tells Derek that he is a "dream crusher", because of what he did to Tess. He is then sentenced to serve 2 weeks as a tooth fairy. He returns to his bed and wakes up believing that it was dream.
The next night, Derek believes what happened the night before wasn't a dream after he receives a text message from Tracy for his first appointment. He then meets Jerry (Billy Crystal), who gives him the things he needs for duty, including Shrinking Paste, Invisible Spray, Amnesia Dust, Cat Away, and mints that makes people bark like a dog.
Derek visits several children and tries his best to become a good tooth fairy, but ends up ultimately causing more harm than good. Lily states that he is the worst tooth fairy ever and denies him more supplies for the remainder of his sentence. However, he buys some tooth fairy supplies second-hand from another fairy named Ziggy (Seth MacFarlane). When he uses these for his next duty, they malfunction and he is found by the child's mother and is arrested. While behind bars, Tracy tells Derek that because of this, his duty is extended to 3 weeks and bails him out.
The next day, Carly and Tess go to a party, leaving him to take care of Carly's teenage son, Randy (Chase Ellison), who wants to grow up to be a rockstar. He dislikes Derek for being similar to his mother's past boyfriends. Later, Derek defends Randy against a bully and Randy grows to like him. Derek also becomes a better tooth fairy by helping Tracy become an official tooth fairy.
After Derek attempts to make a goal during a hockey game, and misses. Derek's coach then threatens to bench him the next game. That night, mad over what happened at the game, Derek tells Tess and Randy that there is no such thing as dreams, and Randy smashes his guitar to the ground. With her children upset, Carly ends her relationship with Derek and drives back home. Later, Tracy comes to Derek's house and announces that he is an official tooth fairy.
The next game, Derek is benched but goes back on the ice and sees Tracy, who wants him to make a goal and to go get Tess' loose tooth. Derek makes the goal, gets into his tooth fairy costume, and flies away while Tracy spreads Amnesia Dust on everyone. At Carly's, Tess sees Derek taking her tooth and discovers that Derek is the Tooth Fairy. She promises to keep it a secret, and Derek goes off to give Randy a new guitar as an apology. Downstairs, Carly sees him as a tooth fairy, but assumes that he rented a costume to make it up for Tess. He then flies Randy to the talent show, but throws Amnesia dust on him. Derek then heads back to the fairy realm to give Lily Tess's tooth, and is told that he is relieved from his fairy duties, gets fairy-dusted by her, then transported back to the talent show. There, Randy outperforms everyone and manages to get a band to play with him. Derek proposes to Carly, and she accepts.
During the credits, Derek is shown playing left wing for the Los Angeles Kings, and when he sees Jerry in the crowd, he doesn't recognize him. Jerry reports back to Lily that the secret is safe.
The score for Tooth Fairy was composed by George S. Clinton and recorded in the spring of 2009 with an 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox studios.
The film was released on January 22, 2010 and opened in 3,334 theaters and took in $3,544,512 its opening day, with an average of $1,060 per theater. Many film critics believed that the movie would make the #1 spot and become "this year's Paul Blart: Mall Cop", meaning that Paul Blart was a January comedy that received mixed reviews - but became a box office hit, believing that the same thing will happen with Tooth Fairy. However, on its opening weekend, it grossed $14,010,409 with an average of $4,190 per theater. It ranked #4, behind Avatar, Legion, and The Book of Eli, though the film rose to #3 on that weekend in Canada with $16,000,000 and remained #4 in the US on its second weekend, behind Avatar, Edge of Darkness, and When in Rome. The film has come to gross $57,345,116 in the United States and Canada, and $37,498,542 in other markets, grossing a worldwide total of $94,843,658.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Internet Film Critics such as Sharan Srinivas criticized the fairy-tale like graphics. He wrote "(Tooth Fairy) is another childish ride of ten-year old jokes and wasted heroics." Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 15% of 86 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 3.9 out of 10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 15%, based on a sample of 87 reviews. Consensus: "Dwayne Johnson brings the full force of his charm (and his appropriately pale chompers) to the title role, but flat direction and a committee-written script render The Tooth Fairy unacceptably dull." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 36 based on 24 reviews.