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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 he discourages a youngster's hopes and steals a dollar from his girlfriend Carly's (Ashley Judd) six-year-old daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) that had been left for her lost tooth, and nearly tells her the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist, he is kicked out and sent home. That night, Derek receives a magical summons under his pillow. He grows wings and is transported to the realm of tooth fairies. He meets his caseworker, Tracy (Stephen Merchant) and the head fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews), and 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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  • 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:
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  • 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.
  • Memory Wipe Exploitation: Derek repeatedly uses amnesia dust on his girlfriend so he can insult her and her kids and get away with it. A man watches as this is going on, wishing he had some of that stuff.
  • 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: When Derek tries to get out from the house, he ran into an angry growling cat. The cat goes after Derek while trying to get out of the house. When Derek gets close to the door flap, he uses an airhorn, and the cat jumps up like crazy, then goes off.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Both Carly and Tracey gives minor ones to Derek when they became angry with his dream scattering reputation.
  • The Stinger: Lily and Jerry 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.
    Tracy: Why're you all wet?
    Derek: Shut up!
  • Tooth Fairy: Derek Thompson becomes an actual tooth fairy as a punishment 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.
    • Carly calls Derek 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 fourteen years old and is reduced to tears from Derek's words. In the process, Carly ends her relationship with him, not before saying that his biggest flaw is not scattering people's dreams, but his inability to be optimistic and that he can't based everything on a "What If".
    Carly: You know what your problem is, Derek? You can't say what if. And you never will.
    • Tracy gives a minor one to Derek after he lost everything, saying that he hurts himself more than others with his reputation of scattering people's dreams.
    Tracy: You know what's really sad? The person you hurt the most with all your dream killing is not Randy, or Carly, or even me. It's you.


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