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Daddy Day Camp Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… hideous, soul-scarring, brain-melting … Read full review

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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Filling in for Eddie Murphy in a septically humored kiddie sequel to "Daddy Day Care," Gooding gives a mug-job performance that consists mainly of reacting (again and again) to nasty smells.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The unfunny jokes center on outhouses, vomit and flatulence. Gooding mugs, screeches, even hops up and down to no avail. Nothing can wring an ounce of comedy out of this sorry spectacle.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Any scrap of charm or honest-to-goodness humor already possessed in limited quantities by the original has been relegated to the outhouse in this sorry follow-up.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Forgettable camp comedy is fine for kiddie laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this basically harmless family sequel (it follows up 2003's Daddy Day Care) does feature several fart and vomit jokes, as well as some cartoonish slapstick violence -- like an outhouse burning and falling around a counselor who's on the toilet. The language is mild (of the "crap" and "stupid" variety) and used almost exclusively as insults. One tween camper is obviously smitten with a pretty girl; she eventually kisses him on the cheek. But overall, even though it's not a particularly good movie, it's a clean, kid-friendly comedy.

  • Families can talk about good sportsmanship. The neighboring campers were really competitive, but they also cheated; is winning the same if you cheat? Families can also talk about father-son relationships. Why was Charlie so opposed to having his father teach the kids, and how was Charlie wrong about his father?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Underdog campers beat their cheating opponents through teamwork, confidence, and hard work. A fair amount of bodily humor (fart and vomit gags, etc.).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish scenes like an outhouse catching on fire and a school bus crashing into a cabin; campers play paintball.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A boy stares wide-eyed at a pretty girl in camp; she kisses him on the cheek. Charlie and his wife hug.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild PG words: "crap," "stupid," "idiot," "loser."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Hummer's H3 SUV; GM school bus; Charmglow grill; Nike workout gear.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue