PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some fight scenes and killing, but the killing isn't shown. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: A few scenes of decent action. Nothing special. COMEDY: Very Funny for all ages! Lots of chuckles and a couple of big laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average This is a sloppy movie whose lackluster action sequences serve only to offer a momentary respite from the flaccid comedy/drama that comprises the majority of the running length. Those hoping for a few feeble laughs are likely to be disappointed. The sole redeeming quality of the movie is Vin Diesel, but it doesn't take long before his charisma is snuffed out. This Pacifier deserves to be chewed up and spat out.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Shankman (director) begins with situations that should work, but he doesn't quite boost them over the top into laugh-out-loud. Maybe he's trusting too much on the funny casting. Casting is only funny when the cast is given something funny to do, a truth that should be engraved above the portals of every film school.
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We collected 210 moviegoer opinions. GREAT OPINIONS! Lots of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions with very few low opinions. The teen and twentysomething age groups, both male and female, rated it very high so I highly recommend "The Pacifier" to them. The adult opinions are very good, but not exceptional. A little over three-quarters rated it "Very Good" or higher, which is great, but there were a few who only rated it as average.
Assigned to protect the endangered children of an assassinated scientist working on a secret invention, Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) is suddenly faced with juggling two incompatible jobs: fighting evil while keeping house. As he adds to his usual arsenal of wetsuits and weapons the new tools of juice boxes and a minivan, Shane not only must defeat a world-threatening enemy but also wrangle teen rebel Zoe (BRITTANY SNOW), uplift sullen 14-year-old Seth (MAX THIERIOT) and outwit 8-year-old Ninja-wannabe Lulu (MORGAN YORK), simultaneously keeping toddler Peter and baby Tyler out of mischief, not to mention harm's way. While drop zones, demolitions and destroying enemy targets come naturally to Shane, he has no idea what tough really is until he pits his courage against diapering, den-mothering and driver's education. He's truly a S.E.A.L. out of water, but this tough-guy loner soon realizes that he's also facing the most important mission of his life: becoming part of a family and bringing them all closer together.