THE PACIFIER (2005) 7MATE, 6.30PM, PG, COMEDY
Flexing his comic muscle for the first time, Vin Diesel goes the Big Arnie route – a la KindergartenCop – in a formulaic family outing. Diesel is Lt Shane Wolfe, a hulking, no-nonsense Navy SEAL ordered to watch over and protect the five children of a professor (responsible for super-secret defence software) who was killed on Wolfe’s last mission. Fishout-of-water gags abound as Wolfe deals with dirty nappies, snooty teachers, rowdy teen parties, bullying boy scouts and other hazards, all the while protecting his charges from some dexterous ninjas. TV identities Faith Ford, Lauren Graham and Brad Garrett co-star. ★★✩
Baby steps: Vin Diesel in ThePacifier.