Tooth Fairy (2010 film)

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Tooth Fairy
Tooth fairy promo poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Produced by Jim Piddock
Jason Blum
Mark Ciardi
Gordon Gray
Screenplay by Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Randi Mayem Singer
Joshua Sternin
Jeffrey Ventimilia
Story by Jim Piddock
Starring Dwayne Johnson
Stephen Merchant
Ashley Judd
Julie Andrews
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography David Tattersall
Edited by David Finfer
Walden Media
Mayhem Pictures
Dune Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • January 15, 2010 (2010-01-15)
  • January 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) (United States)
Running time 101 minutes
Country Canada
United States of America
Language English
Budget $48 million[1]
Box office $137,576,644[2]

Tooth Fairy is a 2010 Canadian comedy film starring Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Judd, and Julie Andrews. Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was produced by Walden Media and released by 20th Century Fox on January 22, 2010. The movie was given a negative reception from critics but was a success at the box office.


Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a minor league hockey player nicknamed the "Tooth Fairy" for hitting opposing players so hard that he knocks out their teeth. One night, Derek 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 tells her that the tooth fairy doesn't exist before Carly interrupts him. Later that night, he receives a summons under his pillow. He magically grows wings and is transported to the realm of tooth fairies. There, he meets his case worker, Tracy (Stephen Merchant), and the head fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews). Lily tells Derek that he is a "dream crusher", due to his unsympathetic dealings with children, and Tess in particular. He is sentenced to serve two weeks as a tooth fairy. He returns to his bed and wakes up, believing that it was a dream.

That night, Derek slowly realizes it wasn't a dream after he receives a text message from Tracy for his first appointment. He meets Jerry (Billy Crystal), who gives him the tools he needs in order to carry out his duty, which include "Shrinking Paste" (which shrinks the user down to about six inches in height for approximately one hour), "Invisible Spray" (which renders the user invisible), "Amnesia Dust" (which causes the target to forget the events of the last few seconds), "Cat Away" (a small air horn designed to scare cats away), and "Dog Bark Peppermints" (peppermints that make the eater bark like a dog).

The next day, Carly and Tess go to a party, leaving Derek to take care of Carly's teenage son, Randy (Chase Ellison), who wants to grow up to be a rock star. Randy dislikes Derek for being similar to his mother's past boyfriends. Later, Derek defends Randy against a bully and Randy grows to like him.

Derek has a busy schedule. In the mornings he practices with Randy, while during the night he is mentored by Tracy, who is training him to be a tooth fairy. Derek visits several children and tries his best to become a good tooth fairy, but ends up ultimately causing more harm than good. Lily states that he is the worst tooth fairy ever and denies him more supplies for the remainder of his sentence. He buys black market supplies from another fairy named Ziggy (Seth MacFarlane), but they malfunction during his next assignment, causing him to be seen by the child's mother and arrested. While behind bars, Tracy tells Derek that because of this, his duty is extended to three weeks. Shortly after, Carly comes to bail him out.

After Derek fails to score a goal during a hockey game, Derek's coach threatens to bench him the next game. That night, frustrated over what happened at the game, Derek tells Randy that he will never become a rock star, infuriating Randy to smash his guitar. With her son upset, Carly breaks up with Derek. Later, Tracy comes to Derek's house and announces that he is a tooth fairy in training; he also tells him that Derek's cruel remarks hurt Derek himself more than others after Derek insults him when he arrives. The next game, Derek gets back on the ice and sees Tracy. Tracy, in an attempt to teach Derek the importance of dreams, wants Derek to score a goal and to go get Tess' tooth. Derek scores the goal, gets into his tooth fairy costume, and flies away while Tracy spreads Amnesia Dust on the audience to cover up the event.

At Carly's, Tess sees Derek taking her tooth, but she promises to keep it a secret, and Derek uses his magic wand to grant Randy a new guitar. Downstairs, Carly sees him as a tooth fairy, but assumes that he rented a costume for Tess' sake, causing her to forgive him for upsetting Randy. He flies Randy to the talent show, but throws Amnesia Dust on him when they arrive.

Derek heads back to the fairy realm to give Lily the tooth, and is told that he has been relieved of his fairy duties after saying that he and other kids believes in them. Lily tells him that since his duties are over, he will never see the tooth fairies ever again and he will have Amnesia Dust thrown on him in order for the Tooth Fairies to remain a secret. Before departing, Derek makes amends with Tracy. When Derek and Tracy start talking about remaining in contact through social media, Lily gets annoyed and says goodbye to Derek after interrupting their conversation. Lily throws Amnesia Dust on him, and transports him back to the talent show. There, Randy outperforms everyone and ends up forming a band with other kids in the show. Derek proposes to Carly, and she accepts.

During the credits, Derek is shown playing left wing for the Los Angeles Kings, and when he sees Jerry in the crowd, he doesn't recognize him. Jerry reports back to Lily (who is also attending the game) that their secret is safe. Lily starts cheering and when Jerry says that he's seeing a new side of Lily, he states that he's "gonna do it". Jerry uses shrinking paste and gets on the puck. He uses Cat Away on the goalie so that Derek can score a goal.



The hockey scenes were filmed at the Great Western Forum. Many parts of the hockey games were based on the Vancouver Canucks[3] using players from the Los Angeles Kings.[4]


The score for Tooth Fairy was composed by George S. Clinton and recorded in the spring of 2009 with an 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox studios.[5]


Box office[edit]

The film was released on January 22, 2010, and opened in 3,334 theaters and took in $3,544,512 its opening day, with an average of $1,060 per theater.[6] On its opening weekend, it grossed $14,010,409 with an average of $4,190 per theater. It ranked #4, behind Avatar, Legion, and The Book of Eli;[7] however, the film rose to #3 on that weekend in Canada with $16,000,000 and remained #4 in the U.S. on its second weekend, behind Avatar, Edge of Darkness, and When in Rome. Despite negative reviews, the film has come to be a box office hit grossing $60,022,256 in the United States and Canada, and $51,854,764 in other markets, grossing a worldwide total of $111,877,020.[8]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 18% based on 113 reviews, with a rating average of 3.9 out of 10.[9] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating of 36% based on 24 reviews.[10]

Home media[edit]

Tooth Fairy was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc/DVD/Digital copy combination pack on May 4, 2010.


Tooth Fairy was followed up by a sequel, starring Larry the Cable Guy as the title character.[11] Directed by Alex Zamm,[12] Tooth Fairy 2 had a direct-to-video release on March 6, 2012.[13]


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  2. ^ "The Tooth Fairy (2010)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  3. ^ "The Tooth Fairy Just Got A Little Tougher". Kings Vision. January 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Behind-the-Scenes of the Tooth Fairy". Kings Vision. January 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ Dan Goldwasser (September 18, 2009). "George S. Clinton score Tooth Fairy". Retrieved September 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Daily Box Office for Friday, January 22, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. January 22, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 22–24, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. January 24, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tooth Fairy (2010)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Tooth Fairy Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tooth Fairy Reviews, Ratings, Credits". CNET Networks. Metacritic. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ "About Metro Orlando - Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission / Metro Orlando EDC". Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. January 21, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Renee Yohe Project and 'Tooth Fairy 2' — about to film in Orlando and environs – Frankly My Dear – Orlando Sentinel". Orlando Sentinel. January 21, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Henrickson, Eric. "'Transformers' goes back to basics; an unlikely 'Tooth Fairy' From The Detroit News:". The Detroit News. Retrieved 30 March 2012. [dead link]

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