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Daddy Day Care (2003)

PG  |   |  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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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kindergarten Daddy  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,623,580 (USA) (9 May 2003)


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

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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 »


When Charlie and his son are sitting at the table having breakfast, Charlie puts his fist to the side of his face, and his son copies. In the shot of both of them, his son's hand isn't a complete fist, he still has his fingers pointing out, but in the next shot of just him, his hand is a complete fist. See more »


[first lines]
Ben: Good morning, Daddy.
Charlie Hinton: Hey, Ben, how you doing, man?
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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References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »


Ballroom Blitz
Written by Michael Chapman and Nicolas Chinn (as Nicky Chinn)
Performed by Sweet
Courtesy of BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Mixed Feelings
17 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie a couple of times and I'm feeling rather mixed about it. On one level I have a new kind of respect for Eddie, seeing him in a nice family movie that I can show my baby cousins and still laugh at myself. However I also know that we've passed the point of no return on this one, we will never again see the strong 80's Eddie that we once loved. I suppose we should look at this as a new chapter in the career of one of America's funniest men, and while it is depressing I'm still slightly awed that Eddie is still on the scene. After several blundering movies and one very sorry attempt at singing stardom we find an enduring man who can in fact change with the times. So for all the Daddy DayCare bashers I think you should just be glad the our favorites Murphy man is still around.

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