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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Underdog campers beat their cheating opponents through teamwork, confidence, hard work. Some potty humor: a young camper gets even with the bad guys by urinating in a water balloon, throwing it; jokes centered on flatulence, belching.
Positive Role Models
While the campers apply cooperation and teamwork to solve their problems, there's a lot of bad behavior too: Kids urinate on plants, urinate in water balloons, pass gas, belch, vomit, punch adults in the groin.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish scenes like an outhouse catching on fire and a school bus crashing into a cabin; campers play paintball. A kid punches an adult in the groin. Camper breaks into a snack bar and steals all the candy. One of the campers urinates into a water balloon in order to hit a rival with it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One young camper complains that he would rather be watching "nudie flicks on cable." Joke in which 6-year-old boy walks off with his tween older brother to tell him about the "birds and the bees." A boy stares wide-eyed at a pretty girl in camp; she kisses him on the cheek. Charlie and his wife hug.
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Infrequent mild profanity: "crap," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Hummer's H3 SUV, GM school bus, Charmglow grill, Nike workout gear.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daddy Day Camp is a 2007 comedy in which Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a dad trying to save his childhood summer camp from bankruptcy, his own ineptitude, and a rival summer camp. The movie relies heavily on potty and gross-out humor. Flatulence, belching, and vomiting are frequent punch lines. While the movie does pay lip service to positive values like cooperation and team work, these values are achieved through questionable means, such as a kid urinating into a water balloon in order to hit a rival camper, and another camper punching an adult in the crotch. A camper breaks into a snack bar to steal all the candy. An outhouse burns and falls around a counselor who's on the toilet. Infrequent mild profanity includes "crap" and "hell." One of the campers complains that he would rather be watching "nudie flicks on cable." Basically, every possible cliché from summer camp movies is employed in this unfunny movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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. This is an awful movie that's not worth watching.
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