Dr. Doolittle 2: Bruce McBroom
EW Staff
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dr. Dolittle 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/22/01
performer
Eddie Murphy, Jeffrey Jones, Norm Macdonald, Frankie Muniz, Kevin Pollak, Kyla Pratt, Raven-Symone, Andy Richter, Kristen Wilson
guest performer
Cedric the Entertainer, Lisa Kudrow, Molly Shannon, Steve Zahn
director
Steve Carr
Producers
Davis Entertainment, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Larry Levin
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Rushing into production on an $80 million Eddie Murphy sequel apparently wasn’t exciting enough for Twentieth Century Fox. How else to explain hiring Carr, who had helmed only music videos and the comparatively small scale hit ”Next Friday”? ”It’s incredibly weird,” the director admits. ”I thought, I should take this because it has everything I don’t want to work with — a big star, animals, special effects. But I was this big idiot confident guy, and I told the studio that you could learn special effects, but you couldn’t learn to be funny. Cut to two months later, with me going, ‘What the f— is a green screen?”’

Fortunately, Carr felt at home with the screenplay, which tracks Dolittle’s attempts to save a forest by mating a circus bear (Zahn) and a lovely bearette (Kudrow). ”Lisa isn’t interested in me, because I’m an idiot, and she wants a bear who kicks ass,” says Zahn. The challenge of a rushed postproduction — given the daunting amount of special effects in the movie — is kicking Carr’s behind, the director says. ”I’m a stress addict. I’m not happy unless I’m miserable.” Is there a doctor in the house?

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