- Daddy Day Care
Daddy Day Care
Directed by Steve Carr Produced by John Davis
Written by Geoff Rodkey Starring Eddie Murphy
Music by David Newman Cinematography Steven Poster Editing by Christopher Greenbury Studio Revolution Studios
Day Care Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) May 9, 2003 Running time 92 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $60 million Box office $164.4 million
Daddy Day Care (known in Japan as: Charlie and 14 kids) is a 2003 American comedy film, starring Eddie Murphy. It was written by Geoff Rodkey and was directed by Steve Carr. It was released in theaters on May 9, 2003. It was produced by Revolution Studios and released by Columbia Pictures. Although the film was financially successful, grossing $164 million worldwide on a budget of $60 million plus prints and advertising, it's 2007 sequel, Daddy Day Camp starring Cuba Gooding Jr., was almost universally panned by critics and bombed in the box office.
Charles "Charlie" Hinton (Eddie Murphy) is a busy working father and his wife, Kim (Regina King) has just gone back to work as a lawyer. They enroll their child, Ben (Khamani Griffin), in Chapman Academy, a very academic pre-school headed by Miss Harridan (Anjelica Huston). Soon after, Charlie is laid off. In need of money, he opens up a day care center, "Daddy Day Care" with the help of his best friend Phil Ryerson (Jeff Garlin). At first, the local moms are suspicious of men wanting to work with children (mainly because they think they're homosexual or child molesters). But as "Daddy Day Care" is cheaper and more child-centered than the academy, the latter begins to lose popularity. Miss Harridan attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care by notifying child services that Charlie and Phil are not following the regulations.
Mr. Kubitz, a director of child services notifies them of the codes that need to be fixed, which Charlie and Phil quickly correct. Daddy Day Care grows in popularity and attracts more children. Mr. Kubitz informs Phil and Charlie that they need another employee to keep an appropriate ratio of children to caregivers. Luckily, Marvin (Steve Zahn), a former co-worker, had dropped by and after seeing how good he is at entertaining the children, Phil and Charlie ask him about joining. Marvin is unsure at first, but then finds himself falling for Kelli (Leila Arcieri), the single mother of one of the children and agrees.
Later, Mr. Kubitz tells them they have too many kids to stay at Charlie's residence. They find an abandoned building with potential, but don't have the money to buy it. They hold a fund raising called "Rock for Daddy Day Care" which Miss Harridan finds out about. Miss Harridan and her assistant wreck the festival by unplugging a bouncy castle, filling the food with cockroaches and releasing animals from the petting zoo. Daddy Day Care doesn't raise enough money. Shortly after, Charlie and Phil are offered their old jobs back, accepting Miss Harridan's offer to take the kids back to the academy. Marvin, heartbroken by the closing of the day care, declines Charlie and Phil's offer to be on board their marketing panel.
Charlie soon realizes that marketing is not what it's all cracked up to be, and successfully convinces the children and their parents to return to Daddy Day Care, making it a raging success, and causing Chapman Academy to be shut down. Marvin is now in a relationship with Kelli. Miss Harridan now takes a job as a crossing guard, and her former assistant, Jenny (Lacey Chabert), joins Daddy Day Care at the new facility.
- Eddie Murphy as Charlie Hinton
- Jeff Garlin as Phil Ryerson
- Steve Zahn as Marvin
- Regina King as Kim Hinton
- Anjelica Huston as Miss Harridan
- Lacey Chabert as Jenny
- Kevin Nealon as Bruce
- Jonathan Katz as Dan Kubitz
- Shane Baumel as Crispin
- Max Burkholder as Max Ryerson
- Jimmy Bennett as Flash/Tony
- Leila Arcieri as Kelli
- Khamani Griffin as Ben Hinton
- Elle Fanning as Jamie
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Peggy
- Wallace Langham as Jim Fields
- Lisa Edelstein as Crispin's Mother
- Hailey Noelle Johnson as Becca
- Andre Gayle as Random Guy
- Kennedy McCullough as Jeannie
- Cheap Trick as Themselves
Despite the negative critical ratings, the film was a box office success, grossing over $160 million dollars worldwide. It has also received an overall rating of 50% on IMDb (which counts the general public's approval of films).
The film received generally negative reviews from critics, and currently holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Due to the film's success, a sequel was released in 2007 titled Daddy Day Camp with Cuba Gooding, Jr. replacing Eddie Murphy's role as Charlie Hinton. The sequel was almost universally panned by critics and is considered a major flop at the box office, even though it tripled its budget (barely making over 18 million dollars). The only characters to return from the original movie were Charlie, Phil, Ben, Max, Kim and Becca. In 2007, the film won the Razzie Award for "Worst Prequel or Sequel".
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