The Pacifier

Cleave April 30, 2012

While this film probably wont win many awards and might not be as known as other films the Vin Diesel has done it is none the less an enjoyable film to watch. It is one of those films that is meant to entertain and not a thinking man’s film. Its sole purpose is to make you laugh and keep you entertained for the time that it runs. You might not even remember what it was that made you laugh so much but the song that keeps running through it is going to stick in your head for days. Because it is so random and mindless it is a perfect film to entertain small kids with. It even has a bit of action but nothing to bad that would mess with their heads.

Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) is a Navy S.E.A.L. that has finally lost a man and was unable to complete his mission of getting a military scientist Howard Plummer (Tate Donovan) back to his family in Maryland. The scientist was kidnapped to get at a piece of software that he wrote called G.H.O.S.T. A program that could be used to scramble launch codes of a missile. In the opening sequence we see Shane rescue the Professor, as he calls him, only to have him killed just before they were to lift off in a chopper. That mission cost him his team, his objective and 2 months in the hospital recovering. It is after the time in recovery that his commander Capt. Bill Fawcett (Chris Potter) tells him that he has another mission for Lt. Shane Wolfe. He tells him that G.H.O.S.T. is still out there and he needs Shane to help him find it.

Being a military man Shane accepts the mission and goes to the Plummer residence to watch over the children as Julie Plummer (Faith Ford), the widow of Howard, goes to Switzerland with Capt. Bill Fawcett to retrieve the contents of a safety deposit box. They hope that the information that is there will lead them to G.H.O.S.T. While away Shane is going to do what ever he can to make sure that the children stay safe. The only problem is that the kids don’t even know that they are in danger and missing their father makes them not really care at all. They are hurting and that makes them rather self centered and absorbed, at least for the older two Zoe Plummer (Brittany Snow) and Seth Plummer (Max Thieriot). Zoe the rebellious teenage girl and Seth the hurting closet actor are going to give Shane loads of trouble.

The one child that gets under Shane’s skin is that of Lulu Plummer (Morgan York). She is the middle child and full of spunk. One moment she is an innocent little child and the next a precocious kid that wants to be all grown up. It is her friendship with Shane that shows the S.E.A.L. that there is more to life then just the military.

This is a charming film as long as you don’t try to analyze it. It just is not that kind of film, it is one that is just to be enjoyed and dusted off now and then for a laugh. The kids will love it, the younger one. The older ones will laugh at it as some of the humor is directed at them and the adults can enjoy it because of the threads of love that are in the film. Everyone gets something with this film and everyone gets “The Peter Panda Dance” stuck in their head for days.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★☆☆☆