Jacqueline Y. (JacquieBeans) from COLUMBIA, SC Reviewed on 11/19/2009...
Kind of funny, kind of interesting, mostly predictable family humor, but it's comfortable in it's obvious sort-of-ways.
Good Family Fun
James Duckett | St. George, Utah | 10/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a co-owner of a daycare, and being male, I was really interested in catching this movie.First of all, the kids are really cute. Especially the kid who plays Ben, Eddie Murphy's "son". But the entire cast of kids did a fantastic job.I love Eddie Murphy so I wasn't surprised to be entertained by his antics (he has the best facial expressions in everything he does, very likeable). But I also wanted to applaud Steve Zhan who did fantastic as a Star Trek geek. I guess he stood out for me because he reminded me so much of myself especially when around fellow Trekkies.As a daycare provider, I did find some things entertaining. I've heard the horror stories from parents looking for a daycare, so the scene of Ben's parents trying to find a new daycare was quite funny. The scenes of the house being destroyed... oh, there is no way around that with a group of kids. You've got the inspector who we need to deal with on a regular basis (of course, we had to pass inspection BEFORE opening unlike this movie, but it was fun to see the interaction with the inspector).One of the things that made me go, "yeah right" was the competition aspec. No, I'm sorry, Day Care is not a cut-throat business. Actually, there is a lot of business to go around and there seems to be no dominate player that nobody can raise a candle to. That idea was very laughable to me, and I'm sure to anybody else who catches this movie. But the plot would be thin without this aspect, so I can somewhat understand. But I should deduct a star for the very idea......But I won't, and only because of the one thing I appreciate most about this movie. Other than some brief questionable parts, this was a fairly clean movie that you can feel comfortable having the entire family watch. Bravo for making a family movie, more need to be made. It was nice to watch a movie and not grimace or have to turn it off because I'm sitting next to my son. Hopefully some of the Hollywood Execs take note as the success of this movie.I would recommend this to anybody."
A pleasant-enough evening out for the family
bensmomma | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 05/27/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I took the whole family, hubby kids and all, to see this, and it was an entirely acceptable evening out for everyone. It's not much higher in quality (writing, acting, etc.) than your average TV sitcom but the premise you came to see (Eddie Murphy plays with some kids) is played out predictably and amusingly, right down to the potty jokes. Sadly Angelica Houston is wasted in a badly-written part as the villainous headmistress of a rival snooty daycare `Academy.'"
GOOD CLEAN FUN!
Shirley Priscilla Johnson | USA | 09/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My friend brought this over for us to watch and my husband gave me the "look" as he slowly settled down to watch.
I could hear him groan, "Oh no! How long is this movie? It's about what?", but by the end of the showing even he was smiling.
Eddie Murphy does an excellent job of playing Charlie, a man who lost his job when his 'Veggie-O" cereal line did not make the production line. After being dismissed he and his friend Phil decide they will open a Day Care Center! Ah.......now the fun begins as the Dad's take on the everyday antics of the little ones and the wrath of one Mrs. Harridan, owner of a more 'uptown' Day Care Center that seems to be losing it's student to "Daddy Day Care."Angelica Huston, who plays the part of Mrs. Harridan, does an outstanding job as the villian in this flick.
There were quite a few chuckles from many scenes in this movie and the children were absolutely adorable! Reminded me a little of the movie "Three Men and A Baby", only this was three men and 14 babies and more! I enjoyed this movie, it was clean, fun and left you with a good feeling! Good job to all the actors, even the little ones!"
Adorable Family Movie
Darena Dorsey | The South, USA | 06/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I hadn't expected a whole lot from this movie but Daddy Daycare turned out to be a real treat.
I knew the premise that Eddie Murphy loses his job and needing employment and affordable daycare for his own son decides to incorporate the two and open his own daycare. What I wasn't expecting was the sweetness, warmth and charm of this movie.
I really enjoyed Daddy Daycare. The storyline had depth and the actors did a really good job, especially Eddie Murphy and Steve Zahn. The kids were absolutely adorable.
A fun and touching movie for the whole family.
An Enjoyable Movie Everyone Can Appreciate
Tracy Oshima | Long Beach, California | 02/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an adorable movie and was defiantly worth my time. It's about a guy who loses his job and his and his friends trying to run a day care. They have plenty of road blocks getting started but really start to care for the kids and eventually they get the daycare business under wraps.
But a competing school has gotten upset and tries to shut down Daddy Day Care, by calling the health dept. Still, they make the requirements and continue on their way. All of a sudden they get their jobs back but end up going back, but the day care jobs they've given up turn out to be more important than the high powered jobs they went back to so it's back to the day care again.
This movie was invigorating and shows father son relationships. Also the equality of man and women and what they can do, job wise. Overall, kids and parents alike will enjoy the movie. I defiantly recommend this for families and friends everywhere."