Rated: PG Reviewed by: Tony Release date: March 4, 2005 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
In a story about a Navy SEAL who becomes a reluctant bodyguard/baby sitter for five kids who are in danger, we find a formula film, which in this case, is not such a bad thing.
Vin Diesel, as the military man turned sitter has no known comedic background, but even though his delivery is dry his screen presence and general feel good attitude are the driving force behind the script.
The story begins as a scientist is killed over a super secret computer program, and his family is in danger because the bad guys think his kids have the program. It turns out they don’t have it and their Mom is forced to go searching in a Swiss bank deposit box for the disk, that requires her to leave the kids behind in the hands of Diesel.
There are many gags that work but the scenes which put Diesel in forced situations with the kids work best. It almost appears that Vin has a soft side.
With stars like Diesel, Faith Ford of “Hope and Faith,” Tate Donovan of “The O.C,” and Brittany Snow of “American Dreams” there is a broad enough cast for all ages to enjoy even if this is a predictable story.
There’s a bit of violence, but less that we see on the evening news and only placed to carry a little tension in the story. If you are looking for a mentally challenging film or one that brings to life injustices in the world, look elsewhere. But for family entertainment and a good time, The Pacifier will do what it says, pacify the family for 90 minutes.