Marc Bernardin
September 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Daddy Day Care

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/09/03
performer
Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston, Regina King, Steve Zahn
director
Steve Carr
Producer
John Davis
distributor
Revolution Studios
author
Geoff Rodkey
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

There was a time — oh, let’s call it annus Bowfingerus — when Eddie Murphy seemed to have found a balance between popular but tepid family fare and showcases for his brilliant comic mind. Now, four years later, we come to ”Daddy Day Care”, in which Murphy plays a laid-off father who solves his financial and babysitting woes in one fell swoop. It’s not a bad movie, nor is it a good one. Rather, it’s the very definition of a white-noise film: one that you can turn away from for any stretch of time and return to without fear of having missed anything crucial. EXTRAS There’s a cute-enough CGI flick about tadpoles for the kids, but the advertised ”bloopers” are nothing but a replay of the film’s closing credits.

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