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Daddy Care

Directed by Steve Carr
Produced by John Davis
Wyck Godfrey
Matt Berenson
Associate producer:
Rufus Gifford
Jack Brodsky
Executive producer:
Joe Roth
Dan Kolsrud
Heidi Santelli
Written by Geoff Rodkey
Starring Eddie Murphy
Jeff Garlin
Steve Zahn
Regina King
Anjelica Huston
Lacey Chabert
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Steven Poster
Editing by Christopher Greenbury
Studio Revolution Studios
Davis Entertainment
Day Care Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)
Running time 1 hour 30 minutes
Country United States
Language Spanish
Budget $1 million
Gross revenue $164.4 million
Followed by Daddy Day Camp

Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film, starring Eddie Murphy. It was written by Geoff Rodkey and was directed by Steve Carr. It was released in theaters on May 9, 2003. It was produced by Revolution Studios and released by Columbia Pictures.



The movie begins with Charlie Hinton, A busy working father and his wife Kim Hinton who has just gone back to work as a lawyer. They enroll their child in the Chapman Academy, a very cool, military-like day care headed by Mrs. Harridan. Soon after, Charlie is laid off after the health division in his company is closed down. Longing for money and no job offers on the horizon for six weeks, he opens up a day care center under the name of "Daddy Day Care" with the help of his best friend Phil. Due to "Daddy Day Care" being significantly cheaper and more laid back than the Chapman Academy, the Chapman Academy begins to lose popularity. As a result, Mrs. Harridan attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care by notifying Child services that Charlie and Phil are not following the Child services rules.

Mr Cubitz, A director of child services notifies them of the codes that need to be fixed, which Charlie and Phil quickly correct. Daddy Day Care grows in popularity and attracts more children. Miss Harridan finds out and yet again calls Child Services. Mr. Cubits informs Phil and Charlie that they need another employee to take care of the children as they had 11 children and the ratio of children to carers was 5:1. Luckily, Marvin(a mailroom employee at their old job) had dropped by to drop off Phil and Charlie's last paycheck. Charlie tells Mr. Cubitz that they have hired Marvin. Later, Mr. Cubitz tells them they have too many kids to hold their day care at Charlie's residence. After searching for a new location they find an abandoned building with the potential to hold the day care, However they don't have the money to buy it. In order to raise the money, They hold a fund raising festival called "Lock for Daddy Day Care" which Mrs. Harridan soon finds out about. In an attempt to put a halt to Daddy Day Care, Mrs. Harridan and her assistant go about wrecking the festival by unplugging a bouncy castle causing the kids to get trapped inside, filling all the food with cockroaches and releasing Animals from the petting zoo. Following this Daddy Day Care doesn't raise anywhere near the amount of money required to buy the new facility. Shortly after, Charlie and one of his friends are offered a better job and decide to take it, accepting Mrs. Harridan's offer to take the kids back to the Chapman Academy.

Charlie soon realizes that the job is not what he really wants to do and decides to go to the Chapman Academy and successfully convinces the children and their parents to return to Daddy Day Care making it a raging success and causing the Chapman Academy to be shut down. Mrs. Harridan now takes a job as a crossing guard and her former assistant as an employee of Daddy Day Care at the new facility.



The film was generally not well-received by critics, receiving a "Rotten" score of 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, but was a box office success grossing over $160 million dollars worldwide. It has also received an overall rating of 50% on IMDB.


A sequel was released in 2007 titled Daddy Day Camp with Cuba Gooding, Jr. replacing Eddie Murphy's role as Charlie Hinton. The sequel was panned by critics and is considered a major flop at the box office even though it tripled its budget (barely making over 18 million dollars). The only characters to return from the original movie were Charlie, Phil, Ben, Max, Kim and Becca. In 2007 the film won the Razzie Award for "Worst Prequel or Sequel".

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Daddy Day Care is a 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy. It was written by Geoff Rodkey and directed by Steve Carr.


Charlie: What's going on?
Phil: Your worst nightmare.
Charlie: What?
Phil: Mr. Broccoli's a no-show

[Walking into Chapman Academy]
Charlie: Look at this place. It's Princeton for preschoolers.

Kim: How was your day, baby?
Charlie: I lost my J-O-B.
Kim: You lost your J-O-B?
Charlie: I got F-I-R-E-D. Me and 300 other people.

[While Charlie is explaining a play for football]
Max: How about we just run in a circle?

[After reading an advertisement for a fund-raiser for Daddy Day Care]
Miss Harridan: They're selling fun. I can't compete with fun.


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