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Daddy Day Camp (2007)



Average Rating: 2.3/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 79

A mirthless, fairly desperate family film, Daddy Day Camp relies too heavily on bodily functions for comedic effect, resulting in plenty of cheap gags but no laughs.


Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 28

A mirthless, fairly desperate family film, Daddy Day Camp relies too heavily on bodily functions for comedic effect, resulting in plenty of cheap gags but no laughs.



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In this sequel to "Daddy Day Care" dads Charlie Hinton and Phil Ryerson take over running a summer day camp. Armed with no knowledge of the great outdoors, a dilapidated facility, and a motley group of campers, it doesn't take long before things get out of control. Up against threats of foreclosure and declining enrollment, Charlie is forced to call on his estranged father, Col. Buck Hinton to help bring the camp together and teach everyone about teamwork, perseverance and the power of



Geoff Rodkey, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss

Jan 29, 2008


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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (79) | DVD (13)

Even the film stock's colour tint looks cheap and nasty. Don't say we didn't warn you.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Just horrible.

August 14, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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A generic time-waster powered by a lazy, cynical combination of scatological kiddie humor and maudlin sentiment.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The juvenile actors come off as movie brats, and the pacing is slowed by treacly speeches about father-son bonding. As a child star on The Wonder Years, director Fred Savage worked with some of TV's best, but you'd never guess it from this.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Because he's an Oscar winner with a rep now for headlining turkeys, watching Cuba Gooding Jr. in trash like Daddy Day Camp almost hurts.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There's no point being highbrow about a film that relies on the typical fart-puke-nuts-kaboom brand of family comedy, but [director] Savage's lethargic, impersonal approach can't even make Camp's gross-out moments appropriately revolting.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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If they decide to make Daddy Day Spa with Martin Lawrence and Jim Belushi, I don't want to hear about it.

July 22, 2014 Full Review Source:

Daddy Day Camp truly is a horrific mess. It's not really a movie for kids; it's a movie for kids by adults who don't have the slightest idea what makes a quality film for any audience ... puerile doesn't even begin to do it justice.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

It all comes down to the "Olympiad," a battle of idiotic proportions between the two camps, and if you can't guess what happens next, this just may be the movie for you.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

While the actors in Daddy Day Camp may be different, the tired and predictable storyline full of jokes involving urinating, flatulence, burping, vomiting and crotch shots remains the same.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

I can't think of a single kind word to say about this unfortunate family comedy which is unoriginal, predictable, schmaltzy and bland.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Forgettable camp comedy is fine for kiddie laughs.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Parents! Hire a bouncy castle. Put on clown paint and make balloon animals. You need not see this.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

An unnecessary and unlovable sequel to the Eddie Murphy vehicle Daddy Day Care, though this time the producers have traded down to Cuba Gooding Jr. Not recommended.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Criminally lazy follow-up to the syrupy family comedy Daddy Day Care.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Never work with children or animals. Unless you're a child or an animal, in which case, never work with Cuba Gooding Jnr.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

Follow US audiences' lead - pitch your cinematic tent elsewhere.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Daddy D-Day for Cuba's career.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Worse than you can possibly imagine - no, really!

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Desperately unfunny, badly written sequel that's essentially a mish-mash of tired cliches, fart gags and genuinely terrible performances. One to avoid.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Whatever happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career?

August 29, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Watching children act, when it's bad, is on par with having a tooth pulled; and suffice it to say, the adult acting is not much better.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

If your idea of fun is an hour and a half surrounded by screaming, whining, vomiting children, then this may be your movie.

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

While Danica McKellar is busy extolling the virtues of mathematics to young females of America, her erstwhile leading man Fred Savage can be found toiling for a far less noble cause.

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

If you like your outhouse humor explosive then this 'Camp's for you!

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Daddy Day Camp

Whoa, whoa, whoa, there. These kids need a huge time-out from this huge rip-off of DADDY DAY CARE, which wasn't a good movie in the first place. Yep, that's right, I said it: "rip-off", not "sequel". Eddie Murphy, whose comedies are usually stupid, was too smart for this (ummmmmm) "comedy" (?), so they replaced him haphazardly with Cuba Gooding, Jr.--another pretty bad actor. And really, all the jokes are unoriginal: they're just taken from DADDY DAY CARE. And really, they're not even funny. Go waste your time with this one, a movie that was too bad to be released for even a "special viewing" in a run-down shack of a theater; and instead put as a direct-to-video release. I don't care. Have fun watching--actually, you won't. I'm 110% sure. And I'm 75% sure you'll be so grossed-out that you'll vomit in your popcorn.
September 19, 2011

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Daddy Day Camp is a cinematic achievement, worthy to be mentioned along side other great children‚??s films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, and Toy Story. It is a sincere, magical tale that all generations can enjoy. By now I hope you realize that I‚??m full of shit. Daddy Day Camp is the cinematic equivalent of horse manure. Wait a minute- I can‚??t even say that because at least with horse crap you can grow something useful. The only thing that Daddy Day Camp grows is a reputation of being one of the worst films ever made.

The film is a sequel to 2005‚??s Daddy Day Care, which wasn‚??t a very good movie itself, and has the distinction of having absolutely no one from the original film in its cast (the fact that I‚??ve said that means that someone will correct me. I‚??m going to be honest, I didn‚??t waste the time checking because what‚??s the point). This time around Charlie (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Phil (Paul Rae) end up running a day camp due to Charlie‚??s childhood nightmare of blowing a triathlon at Camp Driftwood thirty years earlier. From here it goes into a crappy version of Meatballs/Bad News Bears as the campers compete against the rival Camp Canola. Farting and belching ensues.

We could address the problems with Daddy Day Camp one by one, but I have to eat sometime and, let‚??s be honest, most of you out there know that this movie sucks. I knew it sucked, but I had a 2 for 1 rental and my son wanted to see it because of the first one. He liked it, but a good fart joke is like Richard Pryor to him, too. I‚??ve gone over the story, which is pretty much every other underdog camp story known to man. Only this time it‚??s executed very poorly. It‚??s cringe worthy. The acting also fails on all levels. I‚??m not going to blame the kids because they‚??re kids, but let‚??s look at the guy that won an Oscar. The idea that Cuba Gooding, Jr. won an Academy Award leaves a little bit of green on poor old Oskie‚??s head. He‚??s the Pat Quinn of the Academy, being in the right place at the right time. I know I can say the same thing about Marisa Tomei, but at least she had a good turn in The Wrestler and not because she was topless. The tell tale sign was when Eddie Murphy didn‚??t do this movie. When Eddie Murphy won‚??t even be in your movie then you know it‚??s going to be garbage. Eddie and bad movies is like Mikey and Life cereal- he just can‚??t get enough. Enter Cuba.

Kids will like Daddy Day Camp. So save it for a long car ride and give them some head phones. Let the 90 minutes of joy engulf them as they watch. Ten years from now they‚??ll see it on cable, watch five minutes and realize ‚??This movie sucks, let‚??s watch Night Patrol‚??. You know it‚??s coming‚?¶
June 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

Pretty funny and hilarious, A very decent movie to watch and get a few laugh!!!

Directed by one-time child star Fred Savage, Daddy Day Camp, the sequel to Eddie Murphy's Daddy Day Care, stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Paul Rae as Charlie Hinton and Phil Ryerson, a pair of fathers who attempt to keep their summer camp afloat even though they are under dire economic strain. In order to help improve the financial situation, and to whip together a group of children who have a problem with following orders, Hinton brings in his military trained father (Richard Gant), even though he and his father have been on the outs. Soon the campers, and the fathers, are involved in a series of adventures that will make the camp solvent, and help mend broken relationships
December 12, 2009
Manu Gino

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    1. Phil Ryerson: Uh, no.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Phil Ryerson: I gotta drop the kids off at the pool.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
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