Eddie Murphy has been aiming his films towards the kiddies for some time now.
They will probably get more of a kick out of "Dr. Dolittle 2" than I did,
although overall I did enjoy the movie. For one thing, I think there was only one
fart joke in the whole thing (something of a first for Eddie).
The interaction between Dr. Dolittle and the animals was the highlight of the first
film, and it's the highlight here, as well: the personalities given to various woodland
animals are hilarious. From a beaver Godfather to a South American gecko, the
laughs come often. There are a few voice cameos that will get a laugh or two
(although I suspect the wolf voice was looped).
There's some fairly typical Hollywood stereotyping of the people (Bad White Evil Greedy
Executives vs. Goodguy Minorities and Cute Fuzzy Animals) which was mercifully brief (in
terms of screen time). The main problem with the film is that it tends to drag a
bit: I caught myself looking at my watch at times. And there's a twist about the
daughter that is fairly obvious about halfway through the film.
Things to notice: