Daddy Day Camp

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Forgettable camp comedy sequel has lots of potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Underdog campers beat their cheating opponents through teamwork, confidence, and hard work. Some potty humor -- one of the young campers gets even with the bad guys by urinating in a water balloon and throwing it, jokes centered on flatulence or belching. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff

One of the young campers complains that he would rather be watching "nudie flicks on cable." Joke in which a 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.

Language

Infrequent mild profanity: "Crap," "hell." 

Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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 -- "crap," and "hell." One of the campers complains that he would rather be watching "nudie flicks on cable." Basically, every possible cliche from "summer camp" movies is employed in this unfunny movie.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjeffsonya April 9, 2008
Parent of a 12 year old Written byklabick September 15, 2012

see it

Great for kids and very funny
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

WORST MOVIE EVER

It made me barf it is so bad
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... Continue reading

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 rundown 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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good sportsmanship. The neighboring campers were really competitive, but they also cheated. Is winning the same if you cheat? 

  • Why do you think Hollywood often makes sequels of successful movies, and why are sequels usually much worse than the original? 

  • What were some of the ways in which the campers set bad examples? How did their behavior clash with the positive messages of the movie? 

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