Bounty Hunters, a Canadian indy-action flick starring former WWE Diva Trish Stratus in the lead. It is about as good as that description sounds. Last weekend Matt and I met up with another friend for one of our customary bad movie nights, where one of the films of the night was a Matt gag gift in the form of The Rock’s vehicle for mainstream family fun, 2010’s The Tooth Fairy (trailer).
The Rock was in one pickle of a situation when this movie hit theaters in 2010. Hollywood was initially bragging him up to be the next big action star after The Rock’s big breakout success in 2002’s The Scorpion King, but The Rock never reached that level of fame in his following action films. He found mild degrees of success with 2003’s The Rundown and 2004’s Walking Tall. Unfortunately for Rock, 2005’s Doom flopped hard. Rock needed to mix it up, and after seeing how Vin Diesel found success in 2005’s family friendly hit, The Pacifier, The Rock realized he needed to branch out to expose himself to a wider audience. So in 2007 he unleashed his debut family film, The Gameplan to mammoth box office success to a $147.8 million box office on a $22 million budget. After that film did gangbusters, Hollywood called again for another family fun follow-up, and thus we were bestowed with The Tooth Fairy.
The film is full of kid friendly humor, with The Rock going out of his way to make over-the-top faces while decked out in his colorful tutu outfit to appeal to them directly. Stephen Merchant portrays Derek’s tooth fairy case worker, Tracy. My friends were surprised to see him in a children’s film, and we speculated he must have stumbled upon hard times in 2010 or lost a bet with Ricky Gervais to appear in this. There is not really a whole lot to say about this film as it is as paint-by-numbers as it gets. Derek is a cocky sports star who must learn the error of his ways, and by being punished as a tooth fairy he finds newfound respect for children and his family. The kid jokes were rather unbearable and full of groan-inducing puns, but super young kids will most likely enjoy it and not know any better. I suggest only forcing your children to watch this if they screw up as punishment when they could be enjoying other classics instead.
trailer). What better fit for a direct-to-video lead then no other than Larry the Cable Guy? I remember seeing commercials for this and instantly groaned and took solace in that I would most likely ignore this film, but I guess the joke is on me. Nobody from the original cast returned for the sequel, but the plot is identical. Larry is playing Larry Guthrie, who won a bowling contest at the beginning of the film at the expense of losing his girlfriend Brooke (Erin Beute). He tries to win her over later on in the film, but accidentally spoils the tooth fairy myth to a child in the process, and thus Larry must don the tutu outfit for his crime against humanity.
I went into the second film with much lower expectations since it starred Larry the Cable Guy, and ended up loathing it marginally lesser so as a result. Larry does not get quite as over-the-top with the cooky faces like The Rock did, but I think it is because he is incapable of doing so. The filmmakers made sure to make up for it though with added special effects such as Larry farting out glitter and sparkles in one scene in a stealthy attempt at nabbing a tooth. Make no mistake, this is still as dreadful to take in as the first film and is filled with just as many corny jokes and cheap puns for easy laughs for the kiddos.
Other Random Backlog Movie Blogs
12 Angry Men (1957)
21 Jump Street
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
Atari: Game Over
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Cabin in the Woods
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Clint Eastwood 11-pack Special
Field of Dreams
For Love of the Game
Good Will Hunting
Man of Steel
Marine 3 & 4
Running Films Part 1
Running Films Part 2
ScoobyDoo Wrestlemania Mystery
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Star Trek I-XII
Take Me Home Tonight
The Tooth Fairy 1 & 2
The Wrestler (2008)