Dr. Dolittle 2

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Eddie Murphy's animal antics are fun, with some potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There are messages about protecting the environment. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Depicts a strong, sympathetic, loving family. 

Violence & Scariness

Some comic peril. Steve Irwin is attacked by an alligator and loses his arm, off screen. A bear is shot with a dart. 

Sexy Stuff

Mild sexual innuendo throughout. An animal, looking at pictures, asks, "Got any action shots?" A central plot is Dr. Doolittle trying to get two bears to mate. A turtle is given a Viagra-like drug. A chameleon asks plastic lizard toys, "are those real?" A rabbit runs off, but not before saying, "Let's fool around." A bear laments, "I'm going to die a virgin." Jokes often centered on defecation and urination. A joke centered on a dog licking his anus.


Occasional mild profanity including "ass," "damn," "hell," "suck." 


Domino's Pizza, Red Lobster, Burger King, and KFC mentioned or shown in scenes. Sea World in one scene. Reference made to Cherry Garcia ice cream. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A monkey is shown drunk on wine. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Dolittle 2 is the sequel to the 1998 movie in which Eddie Murphy plays a veterinarian who can communicate with animals. There's quite a bit of bathroom humor throughout, such as jokes centered on defecation and urination, and in one instance a dog licking his anus. A chameleon announces, "I'm gonna disappear like your baby daddy." A bear, looking at photographs, asks, "Got any action shots?" A turtle is given a Viagra-like drug. A rabbit, before scurrying off, says, "Let's fool around." A monkey is drunk on wine. There is also some mild profanity throughout, including "ass," "damn," "hell," and "suck." There are also some product placements. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byimawesome21010 February 13, 2020
Parent of an infant and 2-year-old Written bynearlyfallinstar May 16, 2011

A Little Too Much "Hey, Baby"

This has quite a bit of sexual innuendo in it. The main plot of the movie is to get two bears (a rare and endangered species) to mate so that the forest they li... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpider2003 February 10, 2021

Dr Dolittle 2 review by Logan Strohl

Dr Dolittle 2 is a very good sequel to the first one in the franchise it has tons of laughs and is a great family comdey-drama film that the whole family will e... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 12, 2019

What's the story?

In DR. DOLITTLE 2, 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 Raven Symone) who has a new boyfriend (rapper Lil' Zane) and a secret she isn't ready to discuss.

Is it any good?

It's a shame that before the opening credits are over, we've already seen bathroom jokes and sexual humor -- but at least this time it's more kid-friendly. (The 1998 Dr. Dolittle was rated PG-13). On the upside, 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 cute; Dr. Dolittle 2 is a twist on the old classic Born Free. Zahn and Kudrow offer such delightful voices to the bears that viewers want them to get together as much as Dolittle does.

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

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the responsibility of prioritizing family while also helping others who need support. They can also talk about the importance of listening to the people you love.

  • How does the movie convey a pro-environmental message? 

  • How does Dr. Dolittle 2 compare to other movies in which animals talk and act like humans? 

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