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The Pacifier

Prepare for bottle. 

Year: 2005 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
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When the kidnapped scientist, whom Lt. Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) was attempting to rescue, becomes the first person killed in his charge he fears that his career may be over. However, everyone realises that it was not his fault and he is presented with his most difficult and important assignment yet. Wolfe is given the duty of watching over the scientist's five children; two teens, a young girl, a toddler and an infant, whilst their mother travels to Switzerland to retrieve a safety deposit box which could hold the key to finding Ghost; the late scientist's invention with the power to use a satellite to take control over the nuclear missiles of any country. Wolfe has to protect the family but also faces the problems of helping the elder female learn to drive whilst fighting off her teen angst, helping the elder male open up to people since his father's death, all the while managing a girl scout troop and learning to change diapers. With the help of the school headmistress, an ex service woman (Lauren Graham), and the hindrance of the family duck, Wolfe battles through the challenges of civilian life, which turn out to be far more rewarding than anything he's ever experienced before.

This movie has an all round feel-good factor and some of the best storylines of its genre, which includes the likes of Kindergarten Cop. The film manages to be both funny and touching at different times and flows well enough to keep you interested. Considering this is not the usual type of role that you would expect to see Vin Diesel playing, he sheds his action man image to become a friendly family guy, outperforming anything I thought imaginable. He has really shown his talent here as a truly diverse actor. Definitely worth seeing

Michelle Foy

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Screenings of this film:

2005/2006 Autumn Term (35mm)