Dreams and "what ifs" have no place in the life of hockey player Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson). As a major league player who's been moved down to the minor leagues following an injury, Derek thrives on negative attention, is ruthlessly pragmatic, and doesn't think twice about crushing the hopes and dreams of even his youngest fans. His poor attitude spills over into his personal life when he almost convinces his girlfriend's young daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) that the tooth fairy doesn't exist. As if the potential end to his relationship with girlfriend Carly (Ashley Judd) wasn't bad enough, Derek's actions inexplicably result in a nighttime summons from the "Department of Dissemination of Disbelief." Transformed into a tutu-wearing fairy with wings and whisked away to a fairy world, Derek assumes that his fanciful journey--and his sentencing by the head fairy (Julie Andrews) to a two-week stint as a tooth fairy--is just a bad dream. When his pager starts buzzing and wings sprout from his back at inopportune times, he realises that his sentence is for real, yet he continues to deny the possibility that dreams and imagination have value. Derek's disbelief makes him an extremely inept fairy, but with the help of fellow fairy Tracy (Stephen Merchant) and some bonding time spent with Tess and her brother Randy (Chase Ellison), he begins to glimpse the importance of dreams and imagination and even manages to rediscover some of his own dreams in the process. Derek is definitely one crazy fairy, but Dwayne Johnson's skilled performance drives home the message that it's OK to dream, believe, and imagine.--Tami Horiuchi
Meet DaveMeet Dave
is a family space farce with enough Eddie Murphy slapstick to make the whole family chuckle. With elements of InnerSpace
, Men in Black
, and even a bit of Woody Allen's Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex
, the film may not break new ground, but Murphy's giddy performance lifts the material to an engaging level. Murphy plays a space ship in human form, carrying wee aliens on an excursion to earth. As "Dave Ming Chang," he interacts with his surroundings and fellow humans by following the orders given by the ship's commanders inside his "head." It's an endearing fish-out-of-water yarn that riffs of pop culture as well as potty humour for its laughs. ("Lieutenant Bottoms, what is your status?" "Captain, we had a small gas leak. It was silent, but not deadly.")
In the course of his mission, Dave is hit by a car, becomes a substitute teacher in a New York City public school, and starts to develop feelings for earth kids--and ladies. All the while his homage to the Bee Gees, from the white suit to his high-pitch-perfect rendition of "Stayin' Alive," provides an oddly perfect backdrop and symbol for Dave's being ever so slightly behind the times. Murphy is engaging as always, firing off deadpan one-liners and happily being the straight man to the film's jokes. A potential love interest, Gina (Elizabeth Banks), mentions that her late husband was a captain in the Navy. Dave says, "I am a captain." Gina: "Oh really? A captain of what?" Inside Dave's head, the crewmembers frantically search their earth database to give him the answer: "I am a captain of crunch." --A.T. Hurley
Dwayne Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, one of the toughest hockey players around--until he's sentenced to one week's hard labour as the world's most unlikely tooth fairy. Even though he must sport frilly wings and learn the magical tricks of the trade from his silverwinged superiors (Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal), Derek's determined to do the job his way and prove he's got what it takes.
Offers Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. Meet Dave
Seeking a way to save their doomed world, a crew of tiny aliens arrive on Earth in their super-spaceship disguised as a human called "Dave" (Eddie Murphy). On board the spaceship each miniature member of the crew is responsible for operating a different part of the body. As the aliens try to ensure that Dave fits in with his fellow humans in New York City there are some hilarious results--their mission is definitely proving to be more difficult than they had planned. Gather round and meet Dave in this comedy for all ages starring Dr Doolittle's
Eddie Murphy. Join the crew of this spaceship to discover that there's a whole other world going on inside.