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Awesome: 8.33%
Worth A Look: 16.67%
Average: 20.83%
Pretty Bad: 20.83%
Total Crap33.33%

3 reviews, 30 user ratings

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Daddy Day Care
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by EricDSnider

"Poop and pee, and Eddie Murphy."
3 stars

As a PG-rated family comedy, "Daddy Day Care" is required by law to include jokes about flatulence, pee-pee and poo-poo. If the filmmakers did not include at least one fart joke, the Federal Communications Commission would not allow the film to be released in the United States.

In fairness, "Daddy Day Care" IS about two inept men running a daycare center, and with young kids around, you're bound to have some bodily functions. Would you have them as much, and as frequently, as the first half of this movie does? Maybe. But that's more of an explanation than an excuse, isn't it? I mean, "Psycho" managed to be about a murderer yet had only a couple murders in it.

At any rate, it is Eddie Murphy, as recently fired advertising executive Charlie, and his Norm Peterson-ish friend Phil (Jeff Garlin), also fired, who begin the titular day care center as a means of making some money. It is also out of necessity, however: Charlie's little boy and Phil's little girl need day care themselves, and the alternatives are either psychotic, frightening or, in the case of Mrs. Harridan's (Anjelica Huston) heavily regimented school, too strict. Surely two fathers could do a better job of taking care of kids themselves.

Then come the jokes involving kicks in the crotch, flatulence, and the obligatory diaper-changing scene where a little boy becomes a pee geyser. These moments are mandatory for a family comedy, as you know if you have entered a movie theater anytime within the past decade. I am tired of them.

But once "Daddy Day Care" gets the bodily function jokes out of its system (sorry), it settles into being a fairly agreeable little movie. Eddie Murphy has a rapport with the kids, and he can still be funny, on occasion, when he finds half-decent material. This stuff, written by first-timer Geoff Rodkey and directed by Steve Carr ("Dr. Dolittle 2"), would have done well to stop being so desperate and to just let comedy flow naturally from the situations.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

12/18/09 Jeff Wilder Remember when Eddie Murphy was know..FUNNY? 1 stars
1/13/09 Anonymous. ugh it was ok. nothing you haven't seen before. 3 stars
10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Murphy is Funny! 4 stars
3/02/08 Pamela White typical Eddie cliche 2 stars
5/29/06 drydock54321 fun and entertaining 4 stars
4/03/06 JRE too much sentimental crud. it's pretty bad 4 stars
1/19/06 JM Synth Good for a live action family film 4 stars
8/26/05 ES The vegetable wrestling match made me laugh so hard it hurt 4 stars
7/25/04 Katie This movie is a cute, family movie. I love all the kids! 4 stars
6/01/04 Nobody not funny enough too many gay jokes 2 stars
5/03/04 gray sorry eddie 1 stars
4/14/04 beem calm down about eddie murphy. shit was bangin 5 stars
4/05/04 Samuel steve zahn was funny, too bad nothing else was. 2 stars
3/24/04 Hillary Duff Need more olden day music 1 stars
2/24/04 chinyelu very funny and interesting 5 stars
10/24/03 mialaya sucked big time 1 stars
9/04/03 Jenny Tullwartz Offensive ball&shin kicking "humor"; slightly better final third before stupid ending. 2 stars
7/22/03 micky finbar quite funny movie not the normal from eddie murphy 5 stars
7/14/03 Christian Harding Pretty good, but don't expect 'Finding Nemo' 4 stars
6/26/03 Count Dooku Yeah...thanks 1 stars
6/17/03 Jerry Oh year 5 stars
6/14/03 Darth Haggis Eddie Murphy R movies good..Eddie other movies Bad 1 stars
6/11/03 TheOthersFan Huston is too evil to be taken seriously. She's the one you most pity at the end. 3 stars
6/03/03 If you have Young kids..... this can kill two hours. Entertaining, nothing more. 4 stars
5/26/03 Bobo Give the movie a break. It is meant as family entertainment...stop expecting more 3 stars
5/22/03 Todd at parts aimless, but surprisingly realistic 3 stars
5/12/03 Ken Normally I'm against lynching. However... 1 stars
5/11/03 George Jung I want the fucking effort I spent to sneak into this piece of shit back. 1 stars
5/11/03 Flounder This movie smells like a steaming pile of crap! Like Diarrhea! 1 stars
5/11/03 Andrew Carden Huston Is Fun As The Villian, but The Film Is Awful, With Murphy Embarrasing. 1 stars
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  09-May-2003 (PG)
  DVD: 02-Dec-2003



Directed by
  Steve Carr

Written by
  Geoff Rodkey

  Eddie Murphy
  Lacey Chabert
  Jeff Garlin
  Anjelica Huston
  Regina King
  Steve Zahn

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