Dr. Dolittle 3

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids might learn a bit about ranch life and rodeos, but mostly the movie intends to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

The movie includes obvious messages about teamwork and self-respect, and a budding romance between teens is depicted as respectful and age appropriate. Multiple jokes are made at the expense of an overweight teen, though they're played for laughs and he even adds to them at times. Mild potty humor includes flatulence from animals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maya struggles to fit in with her peers and early on makes a few iffy choices and shirks responsibility, but she has a good heart and she redeems herself as the movie progresses. The cast is multicultural, and most of the main characters are African American. The two prominent adult figures are patient and understanding with teens, helping them work out issues productively. 

Violence & Scariness

Dude ranch students wrestle cattle and pigs and try out bull-riding simulators, which toss them around a bit. A couple of characters are thrown from broncos, but there's no injury from the falls. One girl hurts her hand hitting a gate in frustration.

Sexy Stuff

Some female characters wear skimpy tops and short shorts. There's one very brief scene with a kiss, and the few instances of sexual innuendo relate to a rooster who's lost his groove with the ladies in the henhouse.


"Oh my God" is as strong as it gets. Multiple jokes about the "fat kid."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen is shown holding a bottle of alcohol at a party and is blamed for spiking the punch (when in fact a mischievous monkey did it). Teens at a club drink something that looks like beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Dolittle 3 focuses on a teen struggling to fit in with the "cool kids" at her school, most of whom ridicule her because she can talk to animals. While tweens may not relate to her particular gifts, they could see similarities between her social struggles and theirs. The movie is filled with positive messages about appreciating your own abilities, respecting differences of character, and finding strength and support from the right friends. The lack of questionable subject matter (aside from a bunch of fat jokes) and the presence of a diverse group of characters combine to make this a great choice for tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytedc1 February 9, 2016

Couldn't get past the 2 minute mark...

About 2 minutes into this charming "family-oriented" movie, they refer to a police officer as a "pig." This awful civil servant had respond... Continue reading
Adult Written byXx_TheMovieDeci... January 25, 2021

Don't bother about this lame movie.

I thought this movie would be good seeing at it's a sequel from two good movies, but boy was i wrong. During the movie, the teenage girl, Maya, is trying t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpider2003 February 10, 2021

Dr Dolittle 3 review by Logan Strohl

While not as good as The first two movies Dr Dolittle 3 is still a really good family comdey-drama film with a lot of laughs and has a great message in it too... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan Does “eth... June 25, 2015


I love this movie its so funny!I love the part when the girl went to the ranch camp and when she rod the horse backwards. hillarious i suggest you watch it!

What's the story?

In DR. DOLITTLE 3, Maya Dolittle (Kyla Pratt) wants what just about any 17-year-old girl wants: to fit in. She's finally on the verge of breaking through to the "A-list" of her high school's popularity gauge, and she couldn't be happier. With her sights set on a cute guy and her foot in the door to coolness, Maya feels she's finally on her way. But every time things seem to be falling into place, her genetics start working overtime against her. Since she inherited her veterinarian father's ability to communicate with animals, most people (including most of her peers) think she's off her rocker, and she's desperate to show them otherwise. When her mother (Kristen Wilson) ships her off to the Durango Ranch for a summer of cowgirl lessons to help her sort things out, Maya is determined to make a fresh start.

Is it any good?

The third installment in this movie series based loosely on the children's books by Hugh Loftling is its most family-friendly of the trio. Although this one lacks the star power of Eddie Murphy (who played Maya's father in Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2), Pratt gives a funny, feel-good performance as a teen struggling to balance her uniqueness with the pressures of popularity, all while tending to the issues of some very needy animals.

Tweens will likely pick up on similarities between Maya's social anxieties and their own issues with peers, and all viewers will notice the movie's strong positive messages about self-respect, friendship, and teamwork. Parents won't miss the crude humor that plagued the first two movies; in Dr. Dolittle 3, kid-friendly comedy like slimy egg fights in a henhouse and a flatulent horse ensure that the movie is fun and never boring.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. How do you define friendship? What traits do you look for in friends? How can friendship be strained by the stresses of popularity? Who determines what defines the "in" crowd? How would you react if one of your friends was shunned by the cool kids? What if you were given the cold shoulder? 

  • Families can also discuss how Dr. Dolittle 3 compares to the previous movies in the series. Which one do you like best?

  • What did you think about the fat jokes throughout the movie? Is it OK to make fun of someone's weight or body type? Why do people think it's funny to tease overweight people?

Movie details

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For kids who love animals

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