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Daddy Day Care (2003)

Daddy Day Care




Release Date

May 09, 2003

MPAA Rating



92 min.

Production Budget

$60 millions


Columbia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Steve Carr


Matt Berenson, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey


Geoff Rodkey



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 heartwarming results.

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.


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“..its surprising lack of vulgarity makes for an overall boring sit..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..It?s a concept more than a movie, and its jokes and sight gags seem mostly improvised or dashed off..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]
“..Murphy and Zahn score a lot of laughs with their mugging..”
by Rob Blackwelder [SPLICEDwire]