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Dr. Dolittle Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Dr. Dolittle does do a lot of stuff right. [ 26 June 1998, p. 12 E]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Too many adults have a tendency to confuse bad taste with evil influences; it's hard for them to see that the activities in "Doctor Dolittle,'' while rude and vulgar, are not violent or anti-social. The movie will not harm anyone.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Director Betty Thomas demonstrates her expertise at keeping indulgence at bay in even the coarsest of comic situations.

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Iffy for 8+

This gimmicky animal tale is crude but funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this crude, but funny Eddie Murphy vehicle lifts the name and basic concept from Hugh Lofting's famous stories about a man who can "talk to the animals." An enormous amount of sophmoric humor -- innuendo, potty humor, iffy language -- involving the good doctor's animal patients is added to the mix. Because many of the jokes include toilet humor and crude references to the human body, parents may want to decide whether or not they feel comfortable with this type of content for younger kids, though those children will certainly be charmed by the animal characters. Older kids will enjoy the jokes, but parents may still wish to exercise discretion, due to the nature of the humor, which includes innuendo and some language ("ass," and one use of "s--t").

  • Families can talk about the adult themes depicted in this movie, such as insanity, death and greed. Families can also talk about what they think it would be like to be able to talk to animals. Do you think that would be fun?

The good stuff
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    Messages: In some scenes, Dolittle is unkind to animals: he shouts at a dog, and briefly ignores the animals' pleas for medical attention.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: The rat characters keep goading each other into a fistfight. A rat nearly dies on the operating table. A woman with an allergic reaction to shellfish, visits Dolittle's office with horrifically puffed-up eyes (her bruised posterior is also featured).

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    Sexy stuff: Much of the film contains mildly raunchy material, including double entendres and sexual innuendo -- expect jokes about a thermometer going into a dog's rear end, and a pigeon preferring "orange breasts."

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    Language: At one point Dolittle quickly utters the "s" word, and there are many almost-curses that are cut off. Several uses of "ass." Jokes involve excretion, flatulence, and urination; countless gags center around animals' "butts." The terms "crap" and "nooky" are also utilized.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue