Dr. Dolittle 2

  • Review Date: May 2, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001

Common Sense Media says

Animal-vet antics a la Murphy; some potty humor.
  • Review Date: May 2, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001





What parents need to know

Positive role models

Depicts a strong, sympathetic, loving African-American family.

Violence & scariness

Some comic peril, but no one is hurt.

Sexy stuff

Comic sexual references.


Some mild profanity and sexual references.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One animal has a drinking problem.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie is raunchier than the usual PG, with a lot of bathroom humor and sexual references (kids may ask what it means to be "in heat"), but it's much milder and sweeter than other Murphy vehicles like the PG-13-rated first episode and the Nutty Professor movies.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) is charged with introducing a tame bear into the forest so that he can mate with the last female of their endangered species, in order to protect the forest from developers. Steve Zahn and Lisa Kudrow provide voices for the two bears. Meanwhile, Dolittle has some problems at home with his teen daughter Charisse (played by TV's Raven) who has a new boyfriend (rapper Lil' Zane) and a secret she isn't ready to discuss.

Is it any good?


Before the opening credits are over, we've seen bathroom jokes and sexual humor, but at least this time it's rated PG. It really is a shame, because Murphy is just great as Dr. Dolittle, content to be the straight man to an adorable assortment of wise-cracking animals. And the story is a cute one. DR. DOOLITTLE 2 is a twist on the old classic Born Free. Zahn and Kudrow voice the bears so deliciously that viewers want them to get together as much as Doolittle does.

Watch for the fun cameo by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Other celebs do voice cameos, including an uncredited Arnold Schwarzenegger, but this segment offers the most laughs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difficulty of responding to the needs of the family and the responsibility to help others. They may also want to talk about the way that kids sometimes feel embarrassed by their parents, and the importance of listening to the people you love.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 22, 2001
DVD release date:October 23, 2001
Cast:Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven Symone
Director:Steve Carr
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:crude humor and sexual references

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Parent of a 10 year old Written bymollsta1234 May 8, 2010

good for tweens to watch with little ones

Kid, 10 years old Written bymasterchief117 July 11, 2010

a good family movie

an enjoyable family movie. some very mild language like a*s but a dog barks in the middle of it. the theme of the movie is that they have two get two bears to reproduce. for all ages i dont know why in australia the dvd is rated M(PG-13). i enjoyed watching this movie.

Parent of a 8 and 13 year old Written byIvory121 July 7, 2010

What's he doin'...diggin?

Love..love...love this movie! The potty humor is goofy and gets us laughing together, which is always a plus. I found one much more family appropriate than the first Eddie Murphy version.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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