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Daddy Day Camp

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Forgettable camp comedy is fine for kiddie laughs.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness

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

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

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

In this sequel to Daddy Day Care, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Charlie Hinton -- who, with Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae, cast in the Jeff Garlin role), runs the successful daycare biz established in the original. But the action quickly shifts to an even less original plot about the dads trying to reconnect with their sons by buying the run-down summer camp they attended as kids. Amidst the movie's many fart and vomit jokes arises a primal need for the Bad News campers and their clueless counselors -- who just barely made the camp usable -- to compete with the neighboring camp, which is run by Lance Warner (Lochlyn Munro), a Hummer-driving jerk of a jock. Desperate, Charlie turns to his father, a Marine Corps. colonel (Richard Gant) to swoop in and rally the wary troops.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Kids who still giggle at poop gags or the sight of adults acting silly will delight in the outdoor mayhem, but parents will find the over-the-top performances and too-familiar story disappointing. As for Gooding, one can only hope that the actor who wowed audiences and critics with his performances in Boyz N the Hood and Jerry Maguire can find his way again.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 8, 2007
DVD/Streaming release date:January 29, 2008
Cast:Cuba Gooding Jr., Lochlyn Munro, Richard Gant
Director:Fred Savage
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild bodily humor and language.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

WORST MOVIE EVER

It made me barf it is so bad
Adult Written byjeffsonya April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan Does “eth... June 24, 2015

I love this movie

This movie is really funny. Geat movie for familys. Luv it!however there are some language like "crap" "hell" "heck" "idiot" and one use of "crakhead". but any ways yeah it was funny i loved it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing