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Daddy Day Care
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Genre: Comedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 9, 2003
Directed by: Steve Carr
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Starring: Eddie Murphy
Jeff Garlin
Steve Zahn
Regina King
Anjelica Huston
Next film: Daddy Day Camp (2007)

Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, and Anjelica Huston. Written by Geoff Rodkey and directed by Steve Carr, the film was released on May 9, 2003.


After getting fired from their jobs, two men are inspired to start a daycare facility to make ends meet. Once their business starts to pick up, established daycare centers plan to bring them down.

Bad Qualities

  1. Let’s get the elephant out of this room: The farting jokes! They use a lot of toilet humor. Which they’re not funny.
  2. The plot is pretty tiresome and awkward.
  3. Most of the characters are bland and unlikable. In particular, some of the kids act extremely childish.
  4. Lots of inappropriate jokes in a kids movie. For example, there is a scene where Murphy is clearly about to spell out "f--k" to fool his young son.
  5. Terrible acting, especially for Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin.
  6. The scene where a kid who is wearing a Flash Tompsons suit burps out with CGI bubbles looks incredibly fake and disgusting.
  7. The story is very poorly-written.
  8. The idea of having a "Daddy Daycare" is extremely weak.
  9. The ending scene is just abysmal, as it has a lot of unfunny moments.

Good Qualities

  1. There are a few funny moments, especially for the ending credits.
  2. The soundtrack isn't too bad.
  3. There are people that like this movie.
  4. At the end of the day, it is one of those so bad its good movies. So it was meant to be bad.


Daddy Day Care received negative reviews from critics, holding a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 131 reviews, with an average rating of 4.51/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Daddy Day Care does its job of babysitting the tots. Anyone older will probably be bored." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."



2 months ago
Score 1
Despite the flaws. I found the movie quite entertaining

Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 0
why was Eddie Murphy in so many bad movies back then BTW, [[|The Adventures of Pluto Nash|I've]] watched all of them.


one month ago
Score 0
Despite its flaws. I will take this one any day over Playing with Fire. So it was supposed to be a "so bad, it's good" type of movie.


5 days ago
Score 0
I like it!

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