Daddy Day Care

May 9th, 2003


Daddy Day Care

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Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.4/10 (21,830 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Steve Carr

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston

In the comedy Daddy Day Care, two fathers lose their jobs in product development at a large food company and are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay-at-home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, the two dads open their own day care facility, "Daddy Day Care", and employ some fairly unconventional and sidesplitting methods of caring for children. As "Daddy Day Care" starts to catch on, it launches them into a highly comedic rivalry with Chapman Academy's tough-as-nails director... who has driven all previous competitors out of business.

Eddie Murphy - Charlie Hinton
Jeff Garlin - Phil
Steve Zahn - Marvin
Regina King - Kim Hinton
Kevin Nealon - Bruce
Jonathan Katz - Dan Kubitz
Siobhan Fallon - Peggy (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
Lisa Edelstein - Crispin's Mom
Lacey Chabert - Jenny
Laura Kightlinger - Sheila
Leila Arcieri - Kelli
Anjelica Huston - Mrs. Gwyneth Harridan
Khamani Griffin - Ben Hinton
Max Burkholder - Max
Arthur Young - Nicky

Taglines: Who's your daddy?


Official Website: Sony | official site |

Release Date: 9 May 2003

Filming Locations: Glendale, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $27,623,580 (USA) (11 May 2003) (3370 Screens)

Gross: $104,148,781 (USA) (19 October 2003)

Technical Specs


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When trying to convince Kim that the day care center is a good idea, Charlie follows her into another room holding Ben's hand. After Ben bangs his head, Charlie says "You don't want to be rubbing your head like that". He meant to say "banging" but was distracted by the fact that he had to rub Ben's head in the scene.

[first lines]
Ben: Good morning, Daddy.
Charlie Hinton: Hey, Ben, how you doing, man?
Charlie Hinton: Oh, God. Daddy's got to get ready for work.
Ben: Can't you stay home?
Charlie Hinton: No, I got a big day at work today. A real big day.

User Review

Good Family Entertainment

Rating: 6/10

Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin are two fathers who lose their jobs in product development at a large food company and decide to set up their very own day care centre. Using unconventional methods 'Daddy Day Care' starts to catch on, bringing with it the rivalry from Anjelica Huston who runs the Chapman academy and has already driven all the other competitors out of business.

Daddy Day Care really is fun for all the family and has a cast of characters that you will genuinely care about, Murphy, Garlin and Huston; along with the children all give fine performances making Daddy Day Care a hit.



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