Daddy Day Care (2003) There was a time -- oh, let's call it annus Bowfingerus -- when Eddie Murphy seemed to have found a balance between popular but tepid…
Movie on DVD Review

Daddy Day Care (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Comedy; With: Eddie Murphy; Distributor: Revolution Studios

There was a time -- oh, let's call it annus Bowfingerus -- when Eddie Murphy seemed to have found a balance between popular but tepid family fare and showcases for his brilliant comic mind. Now, four years later, we come to ''Daddy Day Care'', in which Murphy plays a laid-off father who solves his financial and babysitting woes in one fell swoop. It's not a bad movie, nor is it a good one. Rather, it's the very definition of a white-noise film: one that you can turn away from for any stretch of time and return to without fear of having missed anything crucial. EXTRAS There's a cute-enough CGI flick about tadpoles for the kids, but the advertised ''bloopers'' are nothing but a replay of the film's closing credits.

Originally posted Sep 26, 2003 Published in issue #730 Sep 26, 2003 Order article reprints