The Pacifier (directed by Adam Shankman, 91 mins)
2005 is Vin Diesel 's year to change his image. The buffed star knows the action label can't stick forever. Now in his late 30s, he's determined not to go the way of a Chuck Norris or Dolph Lundgren. If you caught the Sidney Lumet Oscar tribute, you caught a glimpse of the upcoming flick Find Me Guilty , with Diesel wearing a natty rug and real love handles as a mobster. That's his dramatic bid - released later this year.
This week he tries on comedy as a disgraced Navy SEAL officer assigned to protect the five kids of an assassinated government scientist. The children range from Brittany Snow 's rebellious teen to a baby that (you guessed it) needs his diapers changed.
Diesel's pretty choosy about his roles, so this could work. The supporting cast includes TV-friendly Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond).
Who knows where this could lead? Diesel's obviously following in the hulking footsteps of another former action star who changed gears when he made a film with kids called Kindergarten Cop. And look where he ended up. Opens Friday (March 4). For venues and times, see Movies, page 91. Screened after press time. See review March 3 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.