Seeking to offer his son the satisfying summer camp experience that eluded him as a child, the operator of a neighborhood daycare center opens his own camp, only to face financial hardship and stiff competition from a rival camp.
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Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
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
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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 »
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 »
Caught this today on DVD with a buddy's grand-kids, and was pleasantly surprised. I have given it 9 out of 10, not for pure artistic merit, but as a funny 'family-film'. Certainly, the current rating here at IMDb is pessimistic. There are only 2 or 3 decent films of this sort produced annually in Hollywood, the rest being utter trash.
Eddie Murphy plays a more subdued role than we might expect as a high-powered 'player' in the ad game, with little time for his family. A sudden change finds him desperate for work or an enterprise, in a plot ploy reminiscent of Michael Keaton's "Mr. Mom". The unfolding action finds Eddie scrambling to operate a day care facility with frenetic partners Jeff Garlin and, later, Steve Zahn. Murphy allows that duo to handle the slapstick end of things. He remains the thinker and the one who calms the waves of lunacy, allowing the plot to move forward to the next challenge facing our heroes.
The satirical side of this story is shown by examining the competing (snotty) daycare center of the always-delightful Angelica Huston, reprising her 'vampy villainess' role of "Ever After". She runs a sophisticated academy for toddlers that Fraser and Niles Crane might envy (but it really needs to be taken down a peg or two).
Refreshing, too, is the portrayal of the daycare inspector unleashed on Eddie by Huston. Instead of the typical clichéd grump who threatens and hollers, we get a tender, supportive fella who really wants the boys to succeed (we find out why at the end - watch the puppet show carefully!).
Garlin is the closest thing I've seen to a replacement for our departed and dear John Candy, a slightly over-sized actor who can combine tenderness with slapstick! Zahn was an unusual sidekick fit as 'Giordino' to McConaughey's 'Dirk Pitt' in "Sahara", and, here as a hapless Trekkie, impresses with his comedic timing.
Other notables pop up in supporting roles, and the kids are terrific. Enjoy!
Final word to other actors of (former) glory: check your ego at the door, share the limelight with a great supporting cast and find a real script with likable or compelling characters. in no particular order.
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