"Probably only funny if you're drunk. Or 10. Or both."
Family-friendly Eddie Murphy makes me wanna retch. Come on - the guy picked up a trannie, for cryin' out loud. Take into account the fact that family-pleasing Eddie is a fraction as funny as raunchy as hell Eddie, and you'll see that this movie, well, sucks.So Eddie Murphy plays Doctor Dolittle, and he can talk to the animals. Not everyone knows this, so of course, they all think he's a nutjob. Which he may very well be. As a kid, Doc Dolittle spoke with a dog who sounded like Ellen Degeneres. He grows out of it, then gets banged up in a car accident, and starts to be able to hear animals again. Most of these animals sound like celebrities and comedians (don't confuse the two).
Dolittle starts focusing more on his animal patients rather than humans, and his partner (always dependable Oliver Platt, completely wasted here) gets all in a tizzy, since their practice is in the process of selling out to a big HMO.
Dolittle's family thinks he's as messed up as Martin Lawrence on a busy freeway, so they have him comitted.
Yadda, yadda, yadda. It's a one-joke movie that is only occasionally funny. Murphy is so low key here, because he plays second fiddle to the Jim Henson Creature Shop animatronics and computer generated effects. The voice work of the unseen actors blow Murphy completely out of the water. Murphy never gets the chance to cut loose, and you're not even sure that he wants to.
Play it safe, Eddie, pick up that paycheck.
I hear he's back in top form in Bowfinger. Thank God. Soft 'n cuddly Eddie just ain't cutting it.
Bright spots: Albert Brooks as a neurotic tiger, and Phil Proctor as a monkey with a drinking problem. That's right, a drunk monkey. That's what makes this a two-star flick instead of just a solitary star.
Kids will dig it, since there's plenty of fart jokes. But if it's family entertainment you want, see The Iron Giant.Hey Kids! See Eddie when he was really funny! Tell your parents to rent Eddie Murphy: Raw for you! Throw in the word "fuck" just to tell 'em you're serious!