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Doctor Dolittle 2

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Doctor Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) is busier than ever. World-famous now for his ability to chat with animals, Dolittle has become a jet-setting lecturer and physician to people and animals alike. Add to that his responsibilities as a husband and father and you have one overworked doc. In the midst of this turmoil, Dolittle receives a summons from his animal friends to save their forest from unscrupulous developers. Spotting a loophole in the legal system, Dolittle devises a plan to find a mate for Ava (Lisa Kudrow) endangered bear. Comic mayhem follows as Dolittle and his dog, Lucky (Norm Macdonald), try to play cupid and teach Archie (Steve Zahn), a bumbling circus bear, the ways of the wild...

Also starring Kristen Wilson as Lisa Dolittle, raven-symone as Charisse Dolittle, Kyla Pratt as Maya Dolittle, Steve Irwin as himself, Cedric the entertainer as a zoo bear, Andy dick as Lennie the weasel, Kevin Pollak as Jack Riley, Jeffrey Jones as Joseph Potter, Li'l Zane as Eric, Renée Taylor as the tortoise, Jacob vargas as pepito, Phil proctor as the drunk monkey and Michael Rapaport as Joey the racoon. Written by Larry Levin after the doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting, directed by Steve Carr.

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Not having seen the first Doctor Dolittle (not the original with Rex Harrison, but Eddie's first effort), I have nothing to compare this second Doctor Dolittle but I can tell that it's been plagued by the dreaded sequelitis. There's a distinct feeling of déjà vu that leaves everything somewhat flat. Which is not to say it isn't funny, because lots of people who saw it with me were kakking themselves, but I myself was only lightly entertained rather than wetting my seat in hysterics.

The biggest problem is that the plot keeps drifting off into little side stories that have nothing to do with anything except injecting some humour. The tortoise sex therapy, Eric the boyfriend's running gag, Pepito's invisibility issues, etc., etc., etc. It also has to battle with the father/daughter issues going on between Eddie and Kyla (she makes a better daughter than he does a father) which could fill a film all on their own.

Anyhoo, you will either love Doctor Dolittle 2 or you won't be much bothered by it. It depends on how good you feel coming home from the video shop and whether you're too busy trying to be a serious grown up.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Commentary: Steve Carr
  • Features:
    • Bear necessities
    • Deleted scenes
    • Gag reel
    • HBO special
    • Making movie magic
    • Music video: Cluck, cluck, promo spot
    • Storyboard
    • TV spots
    • Wild on the set with Tank the bear
  • Trailers: Theatrical, Ice age

Media intelligence (VHS)

  • Features:
    • HBO special
    • Music video: Cluck, cluck
  • Trailers: Ice age

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

84 minutes (1:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 12 December 2001
DVD rental: 13 March 2002
VHS rental: 13 March 2002

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