starring Eddie Murphy, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn
screenplay by Geoff Rodkey
directed by Steve Carr
by Walter Chaw A little like a drowned earthworm, Daddy Day Care is less repulsive than pathetic, an anemic, flaccid little curiosity with nary a hint of life nor much resemblance to what it was when it was alive--or maybe now I'm talking about its star, Eddie Murphy. After the year Eddie just endured, however, with the elusive "legendary flop" hat trick of Showtime, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, and I Spy, I wouldn't be all that spry either. Eddie's first flop of the new year is, as unlikely as it seems, somehow more listless and boring than his previous three films, taking its inspiration from the Bush economy and our failed childcare system and making of it a saccharine puff-piece heavy on manufactured epiphanies and potty humour. It's Kindergarten Cop without the gratuitous violence; who knew that gratuitous violence in what advertises itself as a children's entertainment would be missed?