Every year, Hollywood can be counted on to deliver an action-star-meets-children comedy that reinforces the "fish out of water" trope and shows the hero in ridiculous and embarrassing situations (and, more likely than not, clothing).

This month, we get two, with that well-worn juxtaposition between tough muscleman and precocious child playing out yet again in 'The Spy Next Door,' (a movie, as comedian Gil Ozeri pointed out, that's allegedly about Asian marionettes) and 'The Tooth Fairy' (Tagline: "You Can't Handle the Tooth").

We're not saying these latest movies are bad (you can bet the kiddies will love them), but we will say if history is any guide, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jackie Chan have a long road ahead of them to find success. We figured now was as good a time as any to look at the action hero/child star paradigm. What you will not find on our list of travesties: the lone exception -- the still-thoroughly enjoyable Governator-starring 'Kindergarten Cop.'
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