Since this film is so obviously about kids, I think I have invented a game for kids to play. It’s called “Count the Bombs”. Here we go, boys and girls, now you try…”Showtime”…”The Adventures of Pluto Nash”…”I Spy”…well, kids, it is time to add one more to the list. Why? Because “Daddy Day Care” is a steaming piece of crapola, that’s why.
Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, and Steve Zahn are three ‘down and out’ dads, strapped for cash, who decided the best idea would be to open up a day care center for the youngsters. Why would the kids like it? Because they get to do whatever the hell they want to do, no strings attached. I was surprised they were not letting them play road hockey or something to that effect. Of course, there must be a villain, which I suppose is Anjelica Huston as Miss Harridan, but her day care looks pretty good from where I was sitting. The kids were reading foreign languages and seemed to be getting their money’s worth, education wise. Besides, kids should not get to have that much fun growing up. That is what college is for.
Whoa to Eddie for this film. He keeps on shovelling more crap on his career, one flop at a time. At least this one will be successful at the box office. I am willing to bet it makes more money in it’s first weekend than his previous three films did altogether. That still doesn’t mean everything is kosher, because this film teaches terrible values to children and might even encourage some jackasses to open day care centres. We want Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” watching our kids — we do NOT want the bumpkins from “Deliverance”.
So, will kids enjoy this flick? Of course they will. For an hour and a half, they will get to imagine themselves in a world where normal, everyday concerns do not matter – where they can do whatever they want, whenever they want. That is until they get back home and Dad throws a boot at their head because their quoting lines from the flick and drowning out the wresting match on the tube.
After last week, when I find the comic gem called “A Mighty Wind”, I was hopeful that comedies would be elevating their standards a little this year. After seeing this and “The In-Laws”, I have this deep, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. These last two films I have seen are not as good as “A Mighty Wind”, but they sure as hell gave me one.