Lest we forget, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a former pro wrestler. Melodramatic, broad humor, lots of physical violence, superficial caricatures. So when people are thrown by The Rock starring in a kids film, it surprises me. His experience makes him perfect for starring in one of those cheesy Disney style family comedies, and that's just what you'll find in The Tooth Fairy, a film that throws all its bets on the premise that The Rock in a tutu is funny.
In all honesty, I felt that the premise of this film could have been really subversive and great, something along the lines of Bad Santa. You know, The Rock is forced to become the Tooth Fairy to atone for telling kids the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist, then goes around stealing money. Instead, we get standard issue Disney: ridiculous slapstick, unfunny humor, and a schmaltzy redemption that feels empty. I didn't expect much more, given that it was directed by television vet Michael Lembeck and written by committee.
If the film has any redeeming qualities, it's that the hockey scenes are pretty well shot. And The Rock, though not always my cup of tea, at least has no problem making a complete fool of himself. You can actually see that, with the right material, he might be a pretty good actor. This movie is not it, and no big guy in ballerina costume is going to change that.