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Awesome: 13.16%
Worth A Look36.84%
Average: 34.21%
Pretty Bad: 5.26%
Total Crap: 10.53%

2 reviews, 26 user ratings

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Dr. Dolittle 2
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by EricDSnider

"Dr. Poo-little. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha I made a funny."
4 stars

Yes, there is a scene in “Dr. Dolittle 2” in which a bear has a sudden bowel attack while sitting on a toilet. Yes, this scene is disgusting, a word that Hollywood now considers to be a synonym for “funny.” No, I don’t know when this trend will ever stop.

The good news is, that scene is almost an isolated incident in a film that is otherwise pretty harmless, family-friendly and laugh-out-loud funny. Sure, there are jokes about urine (because hey, that’s what dogs do), and one or two references to animals mating (because hey, that’s what animals do), but they’re mild. I never thought I would describe a movie in which a bear sits on a toilet as “refreshing,” but this one has a genuine charm to it.

Eddie Murphy returns after the 1998 blockbuster as Dr. John Dolittle, a physician who for some reason can talk to animals. He’s a celebrity now, and animals come from all over to seek his help, since he’s the only human who can understand them.

The film begins with a visit from a raccoon, who’s actually an emissary for the “godbeaver,” the head of the animal Mafia (”Hey, we don’t know nothing about no Mafia,” the raccoon says hastily). He and his family are concerned about a plan to bulldoze the forest in which they live, and Dr. Dolittle realizes that if he can find an endangered species living there, he can stop the destruction.

There is, in fact, only one female left of a particular breed of bear; however, there’s a male still alive, too, working as a circus performer. If Dolittle can get the male bear readjusted to life in the wild, and get him to mate with the female, the forest will have to be protected.

The circus bear is Archie (voice of Steve Zahn), a diva who hasn’t the first clue how to forage, hunt or swim. He’s a performer: “I’m a singer, a dancer, three years of tap, two years of jazz,” he tells us. Much of the film is devoted to Dolittle trying to re-teach him, while simultaneously introducing him to the female, Ada (Lisa Kudrow). There’s even a montage, accompanied by music, in which the bears fall in love with each other, which must be a first for a live-action film.

Eddie Murphy gets to do a little of his Eddie Murphy shtick, but he mostly plays the part close to the vest and under control. The humor lies in the animals and in their interaction with him and each other. The voice-over work is splendid, demonstrating that actors have learned such a gig is more than showing up at a studio and saying words; it’s a real role, with possibilities for exploration, ad-libbing and characterization.

The movie falters with its subplot, which pertains to Dolittle’s strained relationship with his 16-year-old daughter Charisse (Raven-Symone), who is embarrassed by her dad’s freakish ability. Those scenes, to be blunt, are sappy. Portraying the land developers (played by Kevin Pollak and Jeffrey Jones) as greedy and evil is a little obvious, too, though one supposes it wouldn’t be a children’s film without a clear-cut villain who has no shades of gray.

No, this is not brilliant work. For a family comedy, and especially for a sequel, though, it’s surprisingly strong. Thank goodness that bear finally learns that the woods are where he’s supposed to do his business.

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User Comments

9/11/05 love just ok, some fine lines... 3 stars
11/28/03 Samuel Norm MCDonald is about the only thing about these movies I like... 3 stars
10/30/03 Nicole L. Stinson It was a funny movie and I loved Ravens clothes. 5 stars
5/23/02 Piz better than original, so many great characters, funny for everyone 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver A disappointing sequel. The bear was too much. 2 stars
12/23/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not as funny as the first but, well you know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
10/25/01 Gia Carangi Cute flick. Better than the first 4 stars
10/01/01 Andrew Carden Can You Get Any Worse Then This? 1 stars
8/25/01 Bruce Better than the first one, and I liked the first one 4 stars
8/23/01 Tasha Summers I really did like this movie and it was great. This movie was funny and I was laughing! 5 stars
8/17/01 hilary average 3 stars
8/09/01 Rhyming Symon Murphy's almost always hilarious and Raven... uhmmm... HAVE A LOOK 4 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST EDDIE MURPHY ONE. THE FIRST EDDIE MURPHY ONE ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/28/01 Turtle It's better than the first, but it's still just standard family fare. 4 stars
7/23/01 anusface eddie murphy should shove a monkey up his asshole 1 stars
7/10/01 Piz Awesome family fun, lots of laughs, better than first 4 stars
7/05/01 Lauren Thomas I hated the film and thought that for a kids film that it was all sexual. 1 stars
7/04/01 John Doppelhammer Not as good as the first but still good 4 stars
7/04/01 Roy Smith Good parts but really generic plot. 3 stars
7/03/01 moviegoer This movie had plot, yes, but the plot was disgustingly stupid. 2 stars
7/01/01 Marcel Ordonez i need this now 3 stars
6/30/01 ***Super Girl*** the 1st one was so much better 1 stars
6/28/01 J I'm pretty much in agreement with Erik on this one. Not as good as the original but close. 4 stars
6/26/01 The Bomb 69 animals are first rate funny, people are second rate overall 4 stars
6/26/01 Julia LOL funnier than the first. Very enjoyable. 5 stars
6/24/01 Thor-Leo Not as good as the first, not by a long shot 3 stars
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  22-Jun-2001 (PG)


  02-Jul-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Steve Carr

Written by
  Larry Levin

  Eddie Murphy
  Jeffrey Jones
  Kevin Pollak
  Raven Symone
  Norm McDonald
  Michael Rapaport

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