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Tooth Fairy is a 2010 family comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Michael Lembeck. Derek Thompson (Johnson), a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their teeth. 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.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Action-Hero Babysitter: Derek Thompson.
  • Adorkable:'s Stephen Merchant, after all.
  • Break the Haughty: This is the premise of the movie.
  • Brutal Honesty: Derek shows this toward the youngster's hopes, and he pays the price for it.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Fairies have dusty offices, too.
  • Curse Cut Short: After waiting all night for a kid to fall asleep, Derek is informed that his assignment is canceled. He responds with "Bull", but the scene then cuts to Carly honking her horn.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While returning home from his first assignment, Derek's still under the effects of the Shrinking Paste. Carly wants him to join her on the couch, but he, having already lied to her about not feeling well, says "I'll call you when I'm bigger....uh, I mean better". Cue confused look on Carly's face.
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  • Hurricane of Puns: And how. Most notably, right before Derek's first assignment.
  • Jerkass: Derek's coach.
  • Kick the Dog: Several. It even has a subversion that turns into a Pet the Dog.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
  • Masquerade: The tooth fairies do whatever they can to hide traces of their existence. However, apparently the tooth fairies need people to believe in them if they want to keep on existing, so it makes one wonder why they don't reveal themselves to the world.
  • Mundane Utility: Derek starts misusing his tooth fairy tools in due time.
  • Slo-Mo Big Air: during Derek's first assignment, mentioned above. Those fingerboards are remarkably slick.
  • That Poor Cat
  • The Stinger: Billy Crystal and the Fairy Queen get to watch Derek's latest game.
    • It is also implied that they are a married couple which was hinted earlier.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Derek Thompson uses shrinking paste to shrink himself down and then flushed himself down the toilet in order to escape mockery from his teammates while in the locker room.
  • Tooth Fairy: Derek Thompson becomes an actual tooth fairy after he told his girlfriend's daughter that the tooth fairy doesn't exist.
  • Training Montage: Probably the one good thing about this movie, this is done as an amazing threefer, with Derek training Carly's son Randy in electric blues guitar, interspersed with Derek training Tracy in tooth fairy field work, to Derek himself training to be a hockey forward again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The entire plot stems from Derek callously informing a young fan that he has no chance of becoming a professional athlete. While he may of had a point, he was needlessly cruel about it.
    • Derek's girlfriend calls him out when he vents his anger and frustration from costing his team an important hockey match by brutally destroying Randy's dreams of becoming a famous rockstar one day. The kid is thirteen years old and is reduced to tears from Derek's words.


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