OTHERS

SEAL's day out

Film: The Pacifier (English)

Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow, Max Thierot, Morgan Tork

The macho men of Hollywood all seemingly have this need to be recognized as essential softies under their rugged, bronzed exteriors. Sylvestor Stallone supported a young son by arm wrestling in Over the Top. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned schoolteacher to six-year olds in Kindergarten Cop. And now the latest owner of a pair of bulging biceps, Vin Diesel, plays nanny to five children in The Pacifier.

He's Shane Wolfe, a Navy SEAL — that's a commando trained for Sea, Air and Land operations. And in the pre-title sequence a la James Bond, he plays true to character, neutralising the baddies on jet skis and rescuing a kidnapped American scientist.

When the scientist is bumped off, before he can reveal the password to his locked briefcase containing details of a secret weapon, his wife is sent to a Swiss bank to try and recover the secret. Wolfe is assigned to baby-sit the scientist's five kids — two troublesome teenagers (Brittany Snow and Max Thierot), a young girl (Morgan York) and twin babies, and save them from the clutches of kidnappers.

This gives director Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) ample scope for some tepid humour. And our hero? Clearly, he's a SEAL out of water in this un-action film.

ANAND PARTHASARATHY

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