A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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.
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?
- In theaters: June 22, 2001
- On DVD or streaming: October 23, 2001
- Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven Symone
- Director: Steve Carr
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Wild Animals
- Run time: 96 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: crude humor and sexual references
- Last updated: January 15, 2020
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