`Daddy Day Camp': such a lost cause

Review D-

August 08, 2007|By Rick Bentley | Rick Bentley,McClatchy Newspapers

Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin must be the smartest men in the entertainment world. The actors had enough brain cells to know that their Daddy Day Care was an unexpected hit in 2003. That meant pushing the premise for a sequel made about as much sense as wearing a meat bathing suit in a pool of piranhas.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Paul Rae must be the dumbest men in entertainment. Gooding adds the Daddy Day Care sequel, Daddy Day Camp, to a resume that includes Rat Race, Boat Trip and Norbit. These awful efforts have come along since he picked up the best supporting actor Oscar for his work in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. All actors make one or two mistakes. These four movies bring a smell to Gooding's career that he'll have trouble getting rid of.

Daddy Day Camp (Sony Pictures) Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Paul Rae, Lochlyn Munro, Tamala Jones. Directed by Fred Savage. Rated PG. Time 99 minutes.

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