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Dr. Dolittle 2Dr. Dolittle 2 (PG)

Starring: Eddie Murphy

Contents: language, crude humor

Rating: 6 (out of 10)

Quick Summary: In order to prevent the destruction of a forest by greedy loggers, Dr. Dolittle must teach a bear raised in a circus how to live in the wild.   At the same time, he tries to keep his wife happy and deal with his sixteen-year-old daughter growing up a bit *too* fast...

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:

bulletThe scene with Dr. Dolittle and the Crocodile Hunter is slightly different than in the previews.
bulletOne of the wolves sounds suspiciously like Arnold Schwarzenegger...
bulletLisa Kudrow (of Friends fame) plays the voice of the female bear

Recomendation:

A matinee or wait for it to come out on video.

Further Info (IMDB)

 

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