A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this direct-to-video sequel to 2010's Tooth Fairy retains no characters from the original. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been replaced by Larry the Cable Guy, and the only story element that returns is "grown man looks funny in a tutu as he attempts to retrieve recently lost teeth." Tooth Fairy 2's few farcical pratfalls are harmless; the movie's one suspenseful scene has an unseen dog chasing the hero. There's no offensive language, though a lengthy farting sequence is included specifically to elicit laughs if all else fails. Lots of products show up, some of which (Camaro, Wing Shack) are featured as story elements.
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What's the story?
Larry (Larry the Cable Guy) isn't much of a boyfriend. He loses Brooke (Erin Buete), the girl of his dreams, when he opts for a bowling contest instead of an event he knows means a lot to her. A year later, when she's engaged to a rich know-it-all, Larry decides to get Brooke back. But he hasn't quite reformed. In fact, he blows it again at the children's center she runs when he dashes a little boy's belief in the tooth fairy. His sentence, delivered by the magical fairy Nex (Brady Reiter): Larry has to become the tooth fairy's apprentice. He must collect 10 teeth in 10 days and convince five kids to believe in the tooth fairy again or, horror of horrors, the fairy will punish him by taking away his very best memory. It's a tall order, but Larry is game to try.
Is it any good?
This charmless, unfunny sequel has little to recommend it. Too many elements make the story confusing. Larry the Cable Guy is a tough sell as a hero, and even though his character matures enough to win back his lady fair, as a role model he's consistently ignorant and coarse.
Obviously made on a shoestring, this one-joke film seems to be an insincere, crass effort to capitalize on the moderately successful original. And it's amateurish overall. Pink tutus can only carry a movie so far.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about movie sequels. What are some of the reasons to create a sequel? Why do you think Tooth Fairy 2 was made?
What is the benefit of fantasies? Do you watch movies to see real life on screen or to see fantasies come to life?
Why is it funny to see a tough guy like The Rock or Larry the Cable Guy wearing a pink tutu? Would it be funny to see a feminine woman wearing "manly" clothes?
- On DVD or streaming: March 6, 2012
- Cast: Brady Reiter, Erin Buete, Larry the Cable Guy
- Director: Alex Zamm
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some mild rude humor
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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