By all accounts, Tooth Fairy is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's last family film for a while, which means that yours truly and the rest of the fans of The Rundown will hopefully soon see this decade's definitive action star soon kick ass again. As heir apparent to the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone both in terms of physique and personal charm, he has understandably detoured into projects that introduce him to different audiences -- as they did. But because of the rabid energy of contemporary fandom, 360 degree stardom seems more threatening now than it did then, if only because it takes our heroes away from us and gives them to someone else, at least temporarily; meanwhile, Johnson's particular efforts to curry fandom from the pre-teen set have thus far been lackluster at best, even if there's something strangely charming about him gamely sending up his own tough-guy image.
Tooth Fairy is the latest in his recent line of family comedies, and like its predecessors, it's a mediocre but largely inoffensive chapter in Johnson's crusade to charm kids. He plays Derek, a hockey player sentenced to serve time as a real tooth fairy after attempting to crush the imagination of his girlfriend Carly's (Ashley Judd) daughter. Slowly discovering the value of wondering "what if," Derek slowly blossoms into a buff barterer of bicuspids, but finds his own dreams dissolving when a prodigious newcomer named Mick (Ryan Sheckler) threatens to overshadow him out on the ice. Ultimately, it takes a domineering full-time fairy named Lily (Julie Andrews), a wannabe tooth–taking pencil-pusher named Tracy (Stephen Merchant), and the fairies' Q-like inventor Jerry (Billy Crystal) to push, prod and provoke Derek into becoming the best tooth fairy possible, hopefully in the process inspiring him to excellence elsewhere.