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Two fathers lose their jobs and are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay-at-home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, the two dads open their own day care facility. As "Daddy Day Care" starts to catch on, it launches them into a highly comedic rivalry with Chapman Academy's tough-as-nails director...who has driven all previous competitors out of business.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Below Average "This is one of those nearly unwatchable movies that
becomes an endurance contest for any thinking adult. The comedy – or what
passes for it – consists of lame, predictable jokes that would be rejected by
many mediocre sit-coms. (If you chuckle twice, you will have a better time than
I did.) The sentimentality, which at times reaches unbearable levels, is
saccharine and cloying.''
Review Poor "Daddy Day Care is a woeful miscalculation, a film so
wrong-headed audiences will be more appalled than amused. Aggressively
simple-minded, it's fueled by the delusion that it has a brilliant premise:
Eddie Murphy plus cute kids equals success. But a premise should be the starting
point for a screenplay, not its finish line.''
Review Poor "The story is so formulaic and the proceedings so humorless
that one can't help but ask what happened to the talented comic actor who made Beverly
Hills Cop and, more recently, charmed audiences as the donkey in Shrek.
Murphy is so oddly bland in Daddy Day Care that it seems like he
sleepwalked through the making of the film. His edgy humor has been watered
down, making it palatable for family audiences, but anyone over 10 is not likely
to find this movie entertaining or clever.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Family-oriented, politically correct and so
derivative that there's no comedy left in its sitcom cliches, this wan farce is
distinguished only by the fact that it features Eddie Murphy's most relaxed
(which is to say least braying) performance in ages. Given that for most of its
running time he's surrounded by squealing brats, that's something for which to
be profoundly grateful.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Well the critics certainly missed this one. They rated Daddy Day Care below average and even poor. Moviegoers on the other hand, thought it was great, which is exactly what I predicted.
For a silly, lightweight comedy Daddy Day Care received a very high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions and virtually no low opinions. This is outstanding and indicates a movie with wide appeal. For most moviegoers Daddy Day Care is a movie you don't want to miss. Your probability of enjoying it is very high.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I believe most moviegoers will find Daddy Day Care to be very funny and a great movie for the entire family. Also, you don't need to be an Eddie Murphy fan to enjoy Daddy Day Care. As is obvious from the previews, this is a very lightweight comedy. So, if you go expecting nothing more than some silly fun, you will have a blast.
The dads are in charge. And the kids are all right.
Charlie (Eddie Murphy) and Phil (Jeff Garlin) are so consumed by their
high profile advertising jobs that they are completely missing out on the joys
of fatherhood. In the wonderful new family comedy Daddy Day Care, however, their
kids provide them with a crash course in child rearing, with uproarious and
After failing to excite the public about vegetable cereal, Charlie and
Phil are fired from their ad jobs. That means no more expensive day care for
their sons at the exclusive Chapman Academy, run by the harsh taskmistress Miss
Gwyneth Harridan (Anjelica Huston).
While floundering aimlessly in search of employment and tending to his
four-year-old son Ben (Khamani Griffin) during the day while his wife Kim
(Regina King) is at work, Charlie has an idea. If he and Phil can handle taking
care of two kids, how much harder can it be to supervise ten?
Much harder than they ever imagined. Every kid is different and every one
is a hilarious challenge, whether they're suffering from sugar rush, fantasizing
about being super heroes, or just demolishing everything in sight, Charlie and
Phil soon realize they are in over their heads. Way over their heads.
But slowly they get the hang of it and their new venture "Daddy Day
Care" thrives, siphoning kids away from the stuffy Chapman school. As the
number of kids increases, they bring in a third caretaker, Marvin (Steve Zahn),
who seems to speak the children's language, probably because he's just an
overgrown kid himself. They teach the kids how to read, play games, interact,
and have fun at the same time.
Charlie and Phil gradually bond with their sons, coming to fully
appreciate the priceless joys of fatherhood.
However, the better "Daddy Day Care" works, the more threatened
Gwyneth Harridan becomes, which leads to a showdown.
Now it's the daddies against the baddest mother of them all.