A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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?
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 rated PG. 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 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.
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