New York Times - 05/09/2003
"...[What is] revelatory about Mr. Murphy is how relaxed he is with children..."
Box Office - 07/01/2003
"...Funny....This is cute. Your kids will like it, and you will too..."
Total Film - 01/01/2004
"[T]he dots are joined efficiently, the anklebiters likeable and Garlin a natural talent."
Advertising executive Charlie Hinton (Eddie Murphy) leads an idyllic suburban life with his wife, Kim (Regina King), and adorable 4-year-old son, Ben (Khamani Griffin). But when Charlie and his buddy, Phil (Jeff Garlin) are let go from their jobs and can no longer afford to send their offspring to ritzy Chapman Academy Preschool, they decide to start their own day care center out of Charlie's house. Things get off to a rocky start, but pick up when word gets out about the affordable rates they offer. Their sci-fi geek pal Marvin (Steve Zahn) jumps on board to help entertain the tots. But competitive Chapman headmistress Miss Harridan (Anjelica Huston) and a by-the-books child services inspector (Jonathan Katz) make sure that Charlie and Phil encounter plenty of hurdles.
Continuing the family-friendly winning streak that Murphy began with the NUTTY PROFESSOR and DR. DOOLITTLE films, DADDY DAY CARE is yet another light comedy for children and parents alike. Quaintly peppered with potty and breast jokes--but with no offensive language--the film allows Murphy's appealing soft side to show once again, and his interaction with his young costars is never less than winning. A handful of fellow Saturday Night Live alumni show up to help (Kevin Nealon, Laura Kightlinger, Siobhan Fallon), and the always-strong Steve Zahn delivers several of the film's best moments.
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