“The Pacifier” is an action–adventure comedy about Navy Seal Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) who is thrust into the sometimes dangerous world of babysitting after his failed attempt to rescue a kidnapped government scientist. After protecting the globally coveted satellite-scrambling technology called “Ghost,” Wolfe gets his shot at guarding a rebellious group of youngsters while their widowed mother (Faith Ford) crosses the globe to assist in recovering “Ghost.” After Wolfe is mysteriously abandoned by the family nanny (Carol Kane), he is left to execute the babysitting operation solo. Each of the five children — Zoe (Brittany Snow), 14-year-old Seth (Max Theriot), eight-year-old Lulu (Morgan York), three-year-old Peter and baby Tyler — brings a different challenge to the rough-edged Navy Seal who must rely on more than his military training to navigate the complex waters of protecting a young family.
If you enjoyed “Kindergarten Cop” with Arnold you will enjoy this film with Vin Diesel. This is by far the best film he has ever been in that I have seen. It is pretty comical how he tries to handle Julie Plummer’s kids when his superior officer assigns him hazardous duty by babysitting and protecting them. There are the classic potty humor antics with the baby passing gas, a man getting hit in the groin, the kids disliking him for being too strict, and the inevitable “mom’s away” house party. The message in the film is pretty good overall but is somewhat diminished by a tiny bit of foul language and some non graphic violence. The violence is hand-to-hand karate type fighting with no blood shown.
This film captures the softer side of Vin Diesel and also the comical antics of Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) who is the mean Vice Principal. Dove gives the film a 12+ rating because of the violence and language, but older kids and adults will have their entertainment itch pacified by “The Pacifier.”