95 Min | Action – Comedy – Drama | May 2005
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot
The Pacifier Review: The Pacifier is directed by Adam Shankman and written by Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. It stars Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Morgan York, Carol Kane, and Brad Garrett. Out of Walt Disney Pictures, the plot sees Diesel as U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Shane Wolfe, who is assigned to protect the Plummer family after they lost their scientist father during Wolfe’s last mission. There’s also the small matter of locating some top secret technology the father had been working on. But first Shane has to deal with controlling five children.
So it’s Vin Diesel’s turn to be the tough guy willing to send himself up in the name of family entertainment. Falling in alongside the likes of Kindergarten Cop (Schwarzenegger) and Mr. Nanny (Hulk Hogan), Diesel’s movie holds absolutely no surprises, more so given that it is after all a Disney production. While the critics inevitably gave it a good kicking whilst scoffing at the big bucks it made at the box office ($100 million plus in profit). With its formula and premise clearly not setting out to bend the family comedy rules? OK, perhaps The Pacifier lacks a multitude of belly laughs, and the direction is by the numbers 101, but it actually does exactly what it says on the tin.
Diesel dose send himself up, while also kicking some butt along the way. The kids are the requisite of adorable or bratish, there’s potential romance and there’s even a comedy bonus in the form of Garrett’s cringe inducing turn as power crazy Vice Principal Dwayne Murney. Hey we even have a link to The Sound of Music in the story, while the soundtrack, although sparse, is perky and witty. The acting around Diesel is variable, but The Pacifier is his movie, and most of the fun is garnered from watching him peel away the layers of his macho image. You may have to be the kind of person who laughs at dirty nappy jokes, or wish to see Vin jump in to a sewer, but this is still decent family fun. A film made to tickle the kiddies and put a smile on the faces of the adults. With that in mind, it’s job done.