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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

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,894,325 (France) (31 October 2003)
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The original 12/2/2003 Sony/Columbia Pictures DVD of Daddy Day Care contained both a full-frame version (1.33:1 aspect) and a wide screen version (1.78:1 aspect) mastered from the original 35 mm negatives shot with spherical lens (1.37:1 aspect). The theatric projection film positive version (1.85:1 aspect) was obtained by cropping 25.9% off the height of the image on the negative. The DVD wide screen version was obtained by cropping 23.0% off the height of the image on the negative. The DVD full-frame version was obtained by retaining the full height but cropping 2.9% off the width of the image on the negative. Consequently, a boom microphone is visible at the top of the frame in the DVD full-frame version but not in the DVD wide screen version and not in the theatric version in shots of Charlie from behind Ben when they are seated alone at a table drawing at 59:02, 59:25, 59:42 and 59:58. The boom microphone appearing is an error caused by the distributor, not a goof by the filmmakers. Similarly, at 45:45 and again at 45:51 the Full Frame version shows the social worker pulling his pen out of his coat pocket twice whereas in the Wide Screen version all but a blur of the top of the pen in two frames at 45:45 is cropped off and unrecognizable. See more »

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When Charlie is reading "Green Eggs and Ham," the girl with glasses is seen with only her plate of food, with no book in front of her (at 58:23). But in the next shot where she is seen, she is reading along with her own book (58:32). 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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Eddie Murphy at his best, in this cute family offering.
18 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Unlike its follow-up Daddy Day Camp, Daddy Day Care delivers the laughs and fun for all ages. The kids are actually developed here, and the movie does a smart thing of building a nice bond between Eddie Murphy and his son during this movie, something Daddy Day Camp tried to do, but couldn't. Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin|Phill| and Steve Zahn are the perfect trio for this movie, and they are the main reason this movie succeeded as well it did. This was actually my 2nd time viewing this movie. I first came across this movie when I ordered it in my hotel room. I enjoyed it than, and I enjoyed it just as much now. Anjelica Huston played the perfect villain for this movie, and I must say watching her get the injustice that deserved in the end was a real treat. I've heard a lot of bashing for this movie with critics calling it another lazy movie for Eddie Murphy. What did they honestly expect? An award-winning comedy?.

Performances. Eddie Murphy's charisma and humor serve him perfectly here. He's not too over the top, but not too restrained either. In my honest opinion, it's one of his best performances in his later years. Jeff Garlin and Steve Zahn do well as Eddie's sidekicks. Regina King is decent as Eddie's wife, and did what she had to do well. Anjelica Huston is excellent as the villain who is angry due to the success of Daddy Day Care.

Bottom line. It's light, it's easy-going and just a nice family movie for the parents and the kids of all ages to just sit down and enjoy. Give it a break, it really is quite cute.

6 1/2 /10


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