Tooth Fairy

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Film (with rating): Tooth Fairy (PG)
 

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Summary: Derek Thompson (Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson) is a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose “Tooth
Fairy” nickname comes from his ability to knock out other players’ teeth.
When his dream-crushing attitude gets out of control, he is ordered to one
week’s hard labor as the real Tooth Fairy. Will he eventually adapt to his new
position and see the error of his ways?

Review: This movie received some pretty miserable reviews.
Some reviewers did make good points about the film’s shortcomings (could Billy
Crystal’s cameo be any less funny?), but overall, this is a movie about the
Tooth Fairy–what were viewers expecting? Director Michael Lembeck didn’t set
out to craft a film about Nelson Mandela or curing a rare genetic disorder. He
made a slightly campy, often corny family film that is mild enough and
enjoyable enough for the whole family to view together.

Make no mistake:
without The Rock, this film would be unwatchable. Johnson is once again great
in this family-focused fare, and his self-depreciating humor saves the day more
than once. Besides, his awe-inspiring size paired up with fairy wings and a
tutu is just absurd enough to be funny.

Obviously, kids will have a blast
laughing at the high-jinx (and the tutu), but don’t be so sure you won’t be
giggling at some of the film’s silliness as well. So overlook the tired clichs
and puns (“Charles Darwing”), and just enjoy the film for what it is
and nothing more: a harmless, humorous flick you can watch with all the kids
and forget about more pressing matters for 102 minutes.

Extra highlight: Flights, Tights and Fairy FX – How The
Magic Was Brought To Life

What to serve for dinner: Let’s make the Tooth Fairy angry
and serve up a bunch of plaque-inducing goodies: starch-laden spaghetti with
stain-creating marinara sauce, followed up with a version of The Rock’s
favorite snack, donuts a la mode.

Marinara Sauce (Giada De Laurentiis, Food.com)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 small onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

2 dried bay leaves

In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium-high
flame. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent,
about 10 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and
pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the
tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce
thickens, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with
more salt and pepper, to taste. (The sauce can be made one day ahead. Cool,
then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.) Serve over
spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions.


Donuts (Cooks.com)

1/3 c. sugar

1/2 c. milk

1 egg

2 tbsp. melted shortening

1 1/2 c. sifted flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. seedless raisins

Vegetable shortening for frying

Blend together 1/3 cup sugar, milk, egg and melted
shortening. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to liquid mixture
and stir lightly. Mix in raisins. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls into shortening heated to 365
degrees. Fry 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. In a
bag, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon. Shake warm donuts
in bag to coat. Serve in a bowl with a scoop–or two or three–of vanilla bean
ice cream. The real stuff, not the fat-free variety.

If you’re feeling really naughty, have seconds with dessert
and don’t even floss before bed tonight either.

 

What to talk about over dinner: What are your first memories
of the Tooth Fairy? How much did you get for your lost teeth? When did you lose
your first tooth? How has The Rock gone from more physical action-hero roles to
a family-flick guy? Is he better in this genre? Why? How could this movie be
better? Did you cringe or laugh at the puns? What did you think of Julie
Andrews’ role? Do you know anyone who may need to be taught a lesson about
life? Are you afraid of the dentist? Do you floss? No really, do you? What’s
your favorite brand of toothpaste