So what are you going to take the kids to see? Legion? This movie was a delight for kids - we were in a packed theater in San Francisco (well, actually Daly City), and the room was half-full of very young kids. Their spontaneous laughter at the slightest nonsense throughout the film was, in its own way, musical. And these reactions, without any "potty humor." I had never seen Rock in a movie, and barely knew who he was. But I do know Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal, and those two are enough to establish the picture's bona fides as cinema. The movie has enough site gags and silly talk to keep the kids involved, and enough in it to let the accompanying adults enjoy the moment too. It was cartoonish in execution and this without the typical special effects hammers usually found in fantasy movies. I enjoyed the hockey scenes, loved that every bad act had a satisfying response.
I do have to laugh at some of the critics who apparently expect Ingmar Bergman touches in all movies, and frown on any non-political movie that doesn't need subtitles (at least to English-speakers). Note to the humorless: this is not high art and was not intended to be. It was a fun and funny send-up of what happens if you let cynicism govern your life and the rewards of reform.
Go! Take the kids!
Comedy / Family
Comedy / Family
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
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