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Pretty Bad: 20.83%
Total Crap33.33%

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Daddy Day Care
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by Doc JTR

"Because 'X2' was out of the question."
2 stars

Steve Zahn deserves much of the credit for this movie. I have always loved Steve Zahn, and I was afraid for awhile that he as going to become a lead actor ("Joy Ride," "Saving Silverman"), but I was super, super glad to see him back where he belongs: hilarious supporting roles in semi-funny movies ("That Thing You Do" and "Suburbia"). Zahn steals the show and his physical comedy gave me a nice case of the giggles. But, oh yeah, I'm reviewing "Daddy Day Care."

"Daddy Day Care" is a cute film. But, it was not what I wanted to see tonight. My dad is turning 46 tomorrow, and I said we'd see whatever movie he wanted to see. After failing to convince him that "X2" was clearly what I wanted him to choose, we decided on "The In-Laws." But, that was only showing as a sneak preview, so we opted for "Daddy Day Care." The new Eddie Murphy with kids comedy that was playing every hour at my local cineplex.

Here's what my dad thought of the movie: First off, the movie opens up with Eddie Murphy's son, Ben, wakes up to the song "Walkin' on Sunshine," and that rubbed his sack in a very bad way. Throughout the movie I had to hear him bitch about the music choices. Let me tell you the premise now, because it applies to what I have to say afterwards. The film is about recently unemployed Charlie (Murphy) and Phil (Jeff Garlin--little known actor from Chicago) decide to open up a day care center because the only one decent in the area is one under the deanship of Miss Harridan (Anjelica Huston--who looks as if someone did her makeup by putting Silly Putty directly on top of her bare skeleton), which is horrendously expensive. Anyway, in a movie about little kids learning and having fun, the obvious song choice is "ABC 123" by the Jackson 5. My dad was offended, saying, "Why would they put a Michael Jackson song in a KIDS movie?" I answered his question with another question: What is a 46-year-old man and his 19-year-old son doing at a movie that has an animated cartoon at the beginning of the movie (this one is called "Early Bloomer," and is not as annoying as that fucking "Chubb Chubbs" piece of shit that won the Oscar)? On top of that he was being, well, a perv. When a lady drops off her very attached son, she says she just stopped breast feeding. So my dad leans over to me and says, "What a terrible, terrible shame. Look at those things, man," which is the implied joke but "needed" him to make a comment to understand the joke. I love my dad, don't get me wrong, but there was kids in the theater.

So, "Daddy Day Care," eh? The music didn't piss me off as much as it did my dad. Everything in this movie is cliche, so why not the soundtrack. It even contains "Kung Fu Fighting," which is in every fucking movie nowadays that it's really starting to irritate me.

Eddie Murphy finally was in a movie that I watched until the very end (there's outtakes during the credits), and it was a nice experience to see him act AND have fun. It seems like Murphy has been having too much fun though, he really needs to make another "Beverly Hills Cop," type movie where he swears a lot and shit blows up at the same time. And I don't mean "Showtime" or "I Spy," it needs to be a movie where he does it on his own. You can't pair Eddie Murphy with anybody. At least not when he was funny (from what I recall "Pluto Nash" was hm on his own, but didn't even make 10 of it's 80 million budget back). So, really, my advice is crap. Eddie Murphy is doomed.

The problem with the movie is that it doesn't use it's interesting characters well enough. Under appreciated actress Regina King ("Jerry Maguire") plays Charlie's wife, but is barely in the movie. Zahn plays Marvin, a Trekkie (hardcore) and understands the children. Funny man. Too much time is devoted to not-so-funny sidekick Garlin, who is fat, but lacks the John Goodman or Chris Farley humor. The children have a few funny ones in the pack, but there was too much of sad Ben in the movie, and not enough funny (his outtakes are some of the funniest lines in the movie).

For a movie that is aimed for kids, it'll please, but give me "Finding Nemo" for some REAL kickass funny kid stuff. At least that'll have a funny turtle.

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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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