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Release Date: May 09, 2003

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Khamani Griffin, Anjelica Huston, Elle Fanning, Jimmy Bennett, and Kevin Nealon

Genre: Comedy

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder DADDY DAY CARE is a
delightful, breezy romp
starring Eddie Murphy in his
most family-friendly movie to
date. Murphy stars along with
Jeff Garlin of HBO-TV's comedy
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. They
play Charlie and Phil,
respectively, two busy fathers
who get fired from their
advertising jobs when they
fail to excite the children in
a focus group about a
vegetable cereal called Veggie
O's. Their job loss means no
more expensive day care for
their sons at the exclusive,
strict Chapman Academy, run by
harsh headmistress Gwyneth
Harridan, played by Anjelica
Huston. While searching for
employment and tending to his
four-year-old son, Ben, while
his wife works, Charlie has an
idea. If he and Phil can
handle taking care of two
kids, how much harder can it
be to supervise 10? Much
harder than they ever
imagined. Charlie and Phil
open a day care in Charlie's
house, where they find that
every child is different and
every child is a hilarious
challenge. They finally get
the hang of it, however, and
start taking business away
from Chapman Academy. Miss
Harridan decides to fight
back, which leads to a
showdown of epic proportions.
Would you believe, above
average proportions? There is
some mild potty-training and
bathroom humor in DADDY DAY
CARE and light foul language,
but the movie is nearly
perfectly wholesome otherwise.
Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin
are great with the little
tykes. They are ably assisted
by the talented Steve Zahn
(STUART LITTLE 2), who is
adept at both comedy and
drama. There are plenty of
jokes for children, as well as
some jokes that will tickle
the funny bone of more
sophisticated teenagers and
adults. One of the best things
about the movie is the warm
relationship between Mr.
Murphy and the boy who plays
his son, Ben, a child named
Khamani Griffin, whom the
director found just before
they started shooting. Little
Khamani is very adorable. Mr.
Murphy himself has several
children in real life, and his
ability in relating to
children is clearly visible in
DADDY DAY CARE. In fact, in
the movie, Mr. Murphy's
character discovers that
taking care of his own child
can be the most rewarding job
that any parent can have. The
one conceit that the movie may
have is when some mothers
challenge Charlie and Phil's
ability to run a day care. The
mothers at first believe that
men are incapable of running
such a facility. Charlie and
Phil turn the feminist notions
about the abilities of women
to do so-called men's jobs
around on the ladies and ask
them, Why not? Thus, the plot
of the movie attempts to prove
the premise that nurturing
fathers can defeat so-called
sexist ideas about the
different roles of the two
sexes. Of course, the plot of
the movie also shows the men
defeating the strong career
woman, the owner of the strict
Chapman Academy, so any
feminist elements in the movie
are somewhat ambiguous. All in
all, DADDY DAY CARE would make
a good outing this summer for
those families who are looking
for something other than
violent comic book
superheroes, cartoons and
romantic comedies for their
children. Please address your
comments to: Amy Pascal,
Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes

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Content:

(BB, Fe, PC, L, V) Moral worldview, with positive family values, including strong father and son theme, with some very light feminist, politically correct notions about men being able to run a preschool day care that also, nevertheless, undercuts some feminist notions of the hyperactive career woman; two light obscenities, one stronger obscenity is stifled, four light profanities, several mentions of "poop," sounds of boy urinating, sounds of boy passing gas, light potty training humor in several scenes, and light changing diaper humor in one scene; mild slapstick violence includes child kicks adult in groin and fathers make the mistake of giving too much sugary foods to little kids, who make a big mess in the house; no sex but husband asks his wife about reserving time for romantic rendezvous and one male character becomes dazed when he meets pretty, divorced woman and they later kiss; and, nothing else objectionable.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

DADDY DAY CARE is a delightful, breezy romp starring Eddie Murphy in his most family-friendly movie to date. Mr. Murphy plays an unemployed advertising executive who decides to start a day care with his best friend, a decision that leads to humorous complications.

Review:

DADDY DAY CARE is a delightful, breezy romp starring Eddie Murphy in his most family-friendly movie to date.

Murphy stars along with Jeff Garlin of HBO-TV's comedy CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. They play Charlie and Phil, respectively, two busy fathers who get fired from their advertising jobs when they fail to excite the children in a focus group about a vegetable cereal called Veggie O's. Their job loss means no more expensive day care for their sons at the exclusive, strict Chapman Academy, run by harsh headmistress Gwyneth Harridan, played by Anjelica Huston.

While searching for employment and tending to his four-year-old son, Ben, while his wife works, Charlie has an idea. If he and Phil can handle taking care of two kids, how much harder can it be to supervise 10?

Much harder than they ever imagined.

Charlie and Phil open a day care in Charlie's house, where they find that every child is different and every child is a hilarious challenge. They finally get the hang of it, however, and start taking business away from Chapman Academy. Miss Harridan decides to fight back, which leads to a showdown of epic proportions. Would you believe, above average proportions?

There is some mild potty-training and bathroom humor in DADDY DAY CARE and light foul language, but the movie is nearly perfectly wholesome otherwise. Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin are great with the little tykes. They are ably assisted by the talented Steve Zahn (STUART LITTLE 2), who is adept at both comedy and drama. There are plenty of jokes for children, as well as some jokes that will tickle the funny bone of more sophisticated teenagers and adults.

One of the best things about the movie is the warm relationship between Mr. Murphy and the boy who plays his son, Ben, a child named Khamani Griffin, whom the director found just before they started shooting. Little Khamani is very adorable. Mr. Murphy himself has several children in real life, and his ability in relating to children is clearly visible in DADDY DAY CARE. In fact, in the movie, Mr. Murphy's character discovers that taking care of his own child can be the most rewarding job that any parent can have.

The one conceit that the movie may have is when some mothers challenge Charlie and Phil's ability to run a day care. The mothers at first believe that men are incapable of running such a facility. Charlie and Phil turn the feminist notions about the abilities of women to do so-called men's jobs around on the ladies and ask them, Why not? Thus, the plot of the movie attempts to prove the premise that nurturing fathers can defeat so-called sexist ideas about the different roles of the two sexes. Of course, the plot of the movie also shows the men defeating the strong career woman, the owner of the strict Chapman Academy, so any feminist elements in the movie are somewhat ambiguous.

All in all, DADDY DAY CARE would make a good outing this summer for those families who are looking for something other than violent comic book superheroes, cartoons and romantic comedies for their children.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

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