The Art of the Steal
The Art of the Steal – DVD Review
Derek Thompson is ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s hopes, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, Derek “can’t handle the tooth” – bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers’ homes…doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams
THE TOOTH FAIRY is Dwayne Johnson, whom I guess we no longer refer to as The Rock, and Ashley Judd, who pays his long-suffering girlfriend with two, of course, adorable children. I cannot believe all romantic comedies have a single mother who leaves their children with a single male that they barely know that the children don’t like, but that seems to be the stuff of which romantic comedies are made of these days, which gives me a stomach ache. But nevertheless, the first 15 minutes of this movie are actually kind of fun. The idea is that Dwayne plays a hockey player who has seen better days who was once known as the Tooth Fairy because of his aggressive style of hockey. Every time he body-checks somebody they loose a tooth. And he is also in the business of dispelling children’s fantasies, including their ability to play in the NHL or to believe in the Tooth Fairy. And so as a punishment, Julie Andrews summons him to Tooth Fairy Land, where he is originally wearing a pink tutu and tights. If you are giggling, this movie may work for you. If you are sneering, I wouldn’t suggest you spend any time or money on it. Julie Andrews is actually quite charming except I’m trying to figure out how her neck looks like that and her hands look completely different, but she is always a presence in a movie. And Billy Chrystal makes a cameo in which he is adorable, and you know that he is ad libbing. The best lines of the movie are all ad libbed, and the guy who plays the supervisor for the tooth fairy is wonderful and does some ad libbing as well. The first 15 or 20 minutes of the movie, you are thinking wow, this is going to be a whole lot better than I thought it was. And then it settles in to exactly what you expect it to be. Oh, too bad. Two stars.