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Daddy Day Care (2003)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  9 May 2003 (USA)
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Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.

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In the comedy Daddy Day Care, two fathers lose their jobs in product development at a large food company 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, "Daddy Day Care", and employ some fairly unconventional and sidesplitting methods of caring for children. 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. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

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D-Day Is Coming See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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9 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$433,709 (Italy) (31 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,894,325 (France) (31 October 2003)
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Trivia

There are scenes from two different Three Stooges shorts featured in the movie. The first one that Becca is watching is from Disorder in the Court (1936) and the second one that Crispin is watching is from Pardon My Scotch (1935). See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is telling his wife about the idea of starting a daycare center, he tells her he and Phil applied for the child care license the day before. How is it that they applied for the license the day before and he had just come up with the idea earlier that afternoon at the park? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Good morning, Daddy.
Charlie Hinton: Hey, Ben, how you doing, man?
[yawn]
Charlie Hinton: Oh, God. Daddy's got to get ready for work.
Ben: Can't you stay home?
Charlie Hinton: No, I got a big day at work today. A real big day.
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Surrender
Written by Rick Nielsen
Produced by Cheap Trick and Jack Douglas
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The Cast (even the kids) are tremendous fun!
3 September 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Casting for this film was brilliant. In fact, it could not have been anything less, given that the final edited product - which boasts of great interplay and chemistry between the crew, cast and the kids- was a great family film (decent, entertaining, and heartfelt). What is particularly nifty is that in this film, like some others including Judge Reinhold's Vice Versa (1988), we get to see a children's movie for adults with both the kids and the adults sharing equal stage presence, which really is splendid.

Eddie Murphy (now into his family man image phase) and fellow co-stars like Steve Zahn (playing yet another geeky role with slick comic timing) really capture the screen with their ability to play such innocently playful and tender roles and when you watch them engage in conversations with the child actors (who must have been a handful to manage), one can tell instantly there was chemistry on and off screen there (even child actors are kids and kids know who to trust) that went on to boost the production set.

The credits even run a series of bloopers which showed the whole cast and crew crying out in laughter after the some of the cherubic kids deliver hilarious comments in between takes. The fun and interaction they must have all shared as a crew unit must have been dewy cheeked wonderful! This boost spills over into the film as one can definitely sense the fun filed atmosphere, and even if someone disagrees they'd definitely agree that there was loads of confetti colour and delightful rainbow filled moments throughout the film, which kind of also is a credit to the originality of this film's screenplay.


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