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(2010), PG [PG*] (1hr 36min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), PG [PG*] ... the "magic" in this film is portrayed as from God.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,Walden Media, Mayhem Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Foxvan Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Michael Lembeck
Producer(s): Jason Blum, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Kevin Halloran, Jim Piddock, Emma Watts
Writing Credits: Screenplay - Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Randi Mayem Singer; Story - Jim Piddock
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: David Finfer
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Marcia Hinds
Viewed on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

Rarely do films that portray the use of magic give credit for the magic to God. This one does. The key character, the Tooth Fairy Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson), while standing there with wings, even asks a fellow tooth fairy staff member at first contact "Are you God?" Is this Heaven?" clearly attributing the matter to the Almighty. The characters are even portrayed to be angelic. Remember that neither the use nor the user of a supernatural power determines whether the magic is good or evil, only the source of the power determines that. The source of the "magic" in this film is portrayed as from God. For that reason no points are lost due to portrayed supernatural powers. Consider the following excerpt from our analysis of Sorcerer's Apprentice:

First, a little sermon about "magic."

Is there such a thing as supernatural power? Magic? How do you suppose Jesus raised the dead [John 11:43], healed the sick [Matt. 8:15] and made the blind see [John 9:6, 7] and the lame walk [John 5:8]? He used what could be called magic in a figurative sense but is more accurately called holy power from the Father. And since Satan was a chief angel and is second in power only to God he possesses magical power, too. If not, how else could Satan have displayed all the kingdoms to Jesus when Satan tempted Him [Luke 4:5] or how else could he have transported Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple [Luke 4:9]? By whatever name magic is called it is a supernatural power that serves the one who possesses it. Embedded in the previous few lines is a key point. There is magic but it is either from God or not from God; it is either holy "magic" power or evil magic.

Therein lies another point to magic. First, the term "magic" appears nowhere in the English KJV Bible. The KJV uses "sorcery", "sorceries" and "enchantments" but not "magic." The NIV and Strong's translate these terms to "magic", "magical arts" and so on. The focus here being that the term "magic" is consistently not a positive entity and that "magic" is not associated with Jesus. Now to the heart of the matter: the source of the power not the user nor the use of it determines whether the power is good or evil. Jesus used His "magical" power for good and noble purposes but that is not what makes His power good. What makes His power good is that it is from the Father.

Now to the key point as it relates to The Sorcerer's Apprentice. If someone uses power from Satan it is evil no matter how it is used or who uses it because it is from Satan. Even if the user of magic from Satan uses the magic for good purposes it is still evil because it is from Satan. Merlin, the famous sorcerer or wizard of Arthurian times and quintessential magician in this film is purported to be a good wizard because he used his power to fight evil to save mankind. But, IF Merlin was real his power was not from God. Likewise, not one erg of magic power portrayed in [Sorcerer's Apprentice] was hailed as being from God nor was God given any credit for the power. And if the power is not from God ...

Tooth Fairy earned a final score of 80 out of 100 which places the content of this film at the very bottom of the scoring range earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100). Though it was rated PG by the MPAA, the CAP analysis model finds the content of Tooth Fairy to actually be PG-equivalent.

Derek Johnson is the Tooth Fairy. The 'tooth fairy' for his hockey team. He once knocked a tooth out of a player and fellow players labeled him as the Tooth Fairy and it stuck. But Derek does not believe in the Tooth Fairy. And he will try to get everyone to disbelieve as well with "lower your expectations, kid."

Ashley Judd stars as Carly, Derek's girlfriend and the mother of Randy (Chase Ellison) and Tess (Destiny Whitlock). Little Tess believes in the Tooth Fairy and Carly supports her fantasy belief. Tess looses a tooth and Carly encourages her to put in under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect so he can leave the traditional dollar in its place. But Derek almost destroy's Tess' belief in the Tooth Fairy until Carly stops him. Derek is guilty of dissemination of disbelief and receives a glowing summons to that effect under his pillow.

The first thing Derek sees when he arrives at the tooth fairy training grounds up above is Tracy (Stephen Merchant), a 6-foot, 9-inch fairy administrator for chief fairy, Lily (Julie Andrews). It is Tracy that Derek asks "Are you God? Is this Heaven?" Tracy begins to explain what is happening and what is going to happen to Derek. Derek has two weeks of fairy duty he must complete as punishment for his crime of dissemination of disbelief.

By the way, the brothers Jack and Sledge Hammer make their appearance as they do wherever Dwayne Johnson goes.

There is a lot to this story which can be fun but I don't want to spoil any more of it in case you choose to rent this family flick. I may not be the best "reviewer" or writer but no one else can ever give you the objective comparative numeric results of the [copyrighted] CAP analysis model (the Findings/Scoring section). All I ask is that you check out what we reveal of the content before you decide on whether this film is fit.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 76 out of 100
The strongest violence in the entire 96 minutes of the film was sports violence. Derek was, after all, the ram of the team ... and knocked out teeth. There was some slapstick violence as well

Impudence/Hate (I) - 41 out of 100
There was one use and one masked use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] but the strongest presence of impudence and/or hatred was in adolescent disrespect, lying and hatefulness toward others, including a child. Randy was told "Don't tell your mom!"

Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
The only sexually oriented matters in this film are an anatomical reference, a crotch hit, and an invitation to snuggle on a couch at night.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 79 out of 100
While no illegal drugs or alcohol, tobacco or abuse of prescription drugs were noted, the fairies drugged people to forget what they saw and heard in the last few seconds. Innocuous or not, it was drugging of the people and without their permission or knowledge. Also, one of the fairy characters tried to sell Derek some black market supplies, including the fairy dust drug, i.e., kiddie caliber drug dealing.

Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
God's name was not used in vain even once but one of the characters called another character a fool. While Mr. T of A-Team fame made calling people a fool popular, God has a Hellfire warning about calling someone a fool. [Matt. 5:22]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides in the entire film.


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  • John 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
  • Matt. 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
  • John 9:6 - 7 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
  • John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
  • Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
  • Luke 4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Tooth Fairy (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 76 out of 100
  • sports violence, repeatedly
  • slapstick action, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 41 out of 100
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one masked use
  • crushing the hopes of a child
  • adolescent disrespect of fair authority, repeatedly
  • theft of child's money
  • lying to child
  • bickering session
  • "I was just kidding" to excuse lying
  • lies
  • "Don't tell your mom!"
  • unfair advantage to manipulate
  • reactionary hatefulness toward child
  • adolescent tantrum with property damage

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
  • anatomical reference
  • crotch hit
  • invitation to snuggle on couch at night

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 79 out of 100
  • drugging with fairy dust to make forget, repeatedly
  • black market dealing in fairy dust

    Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
  • calling another "fool"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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